It appears as though the investigation into the unprecedented leak of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in May is complete, and some key people were reportedly never asked a thing about it.
According to Breitbart News, it appears that none of the justices themselves were questioned.
Breitbart News noted:
The decision, which ultimately was little changed from the draft version, overturned the Court’s controversial precedent in Roe v. Wade (1973) on a “constitutional right” to abortion, and returned the issue to the states.
The leak to Politico, an unprecedented breach of protocol, caused an uproar and led to a wave of protest and violence, with attacks on pro-life institutions and even an attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The outlet reported Thursday that the investigation has concluded and no one has been publicly identified or held accountable for the leak, which is leading many to believe that the institution of the high court has been irreparably damaged and that more leaks are likely in the future.
“The investigation by the marshal of the Supreme Court included a forensic investigation of laptops and phones but found ‘no relevant information from these devices,'” the outlet reported. “The marshal’s office determined that 82 employees had access to the opinion and interviewed 97 employees, all of whom denied leaking the opinion.
“In addition, the marshal investigated connections between employees and contacts in the media, with a particular focus on Politico. They also followed up on social media claims of who might have leaked the decision, but ‘investigators found nothing to substantiate any of the social media allegations,'” the outlet continued.
“Some individuals admitted to investigators that they told their spouse or partner about the draft Dobbs opinion and the vote count, in violation of the Court’s confidentiality rules,” the investigation said.
The report mentions interviews with nearly 100 people but not any of the justices themselves.
The report adds:
It is no exaggeration to say that the integrity of judicial proceedings depends on the inviolability of internal deliberations.
For these reasons and others, the Court immediately and unanimously agreed that the extraordinary betrayal of trust that took place last May warranted a thorough investigation. The Chief Justice assigned the task to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and her staff. After months of diligent analysis of forensic evidence and interviews of almost 100 employees, the Marshal’s team determined that no further investigation was warranted with respect to many of the “82 employees [who] had access to electronic or hard copies of the draft opinion.” Marshal’s Report of Findings & Recommendations 11 (Jan. 19, 2023). In following up on all available leads, however, the Marshal’s team performed additional forensic analysis and conducted multiple follow-up interviews of certain employees. But the team has to date been unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.
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