The Supreme Court reportedly did not change its mind on Alito’s draft opinion

A Politico report says Justice Samuel Alito’s controversial opinion is still the only one circulating in the Supreme Court, suggesting other justices are not departing from the opinion. The court will reconvene today – behind closed doors – for the first time since the leak.

Politico: Alito’s draft opinion knocking down Roe is still the only one circulating in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is due to convene Thursday for the first time since it was revealed that it voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, and there is no indication that the court will change course after making that decision by the end of June. Judge Samuel Alito’s sweeping and blunt majority draft February overturning Roe remains the only draft released by the court in the ongoing Mississippi abortion case, POLITICO has learned, and none of the conservative justices who stood initially sided with Alito has so far changed its vote. No draft dissenting opinion has circulated from any justice, including the three Liberals. (Gerstein, Ward and Lizza, 5/11)

CNN: Judges to meet for first time since leaked Roe draft opinion rocked Court’s foundations

The Supreme Court is due to meet behind closed doors on Thursday for the first time since the stunning leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The justices plan to discuss pending motions and pending cases – but they are also likely to grapple with the consequences of this remarkable breach of confidential court operations. While the draft notice calling for the reversal of a nearly 50-year-old historic precedent stunned the country, the leak itself stunned the court. (from Vogue, 5/12)

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The New York Times: Fact-checking Samuel Alito’s opinion overthrowing Roe V. Wade

In the nearly 100-page decision, Judge Alito made or quoted assertions about fetal development, abortion procedures, and international laws that have been challenged or are subject to interpretation. Here is a fact check. (Qiu, 11/5)

ABC News: 5 abortion myths debunked as Supreme Court decides Roe V. Wade’s future

Ahead of the final ruling, which is expected in June or July, ABC News spoke to public health experts about five common myths surrounding abortion and what the statistics actually show. (Kekatos, 12/5)

The New York Times: Why the Justice Department is unlikely to investigate the Supreme Court leak

Executive branch law enforcement officials have legal tools to extract information, including the ability to issue grand jury subpoenas to compel the disclosure of testimony and recordings, such as communications logs held by telephone companies. But it’s far from clear that judges want executive branch officers to grill their clerks and loved ones and check their office computers and associates’ cellphones. By virtue of the constitutional principle, they form an equal branch of government. And no one can be sure that the donor, if identified, will turn out to be a liberal or a conservative. (Savage, 5/11)

The Boston Globe: Women politicians are ‘spitting mad’ over leaked Roe draft opinion – and they’re actually showing it

Senator Elizabeth Warren rarely minces her words. But as she stood outside the Supreme Court last week, protesting a proposed ruling that would strike down abortion rights, she showed searing, seething rage, her voice deep and determined even as she trembled with fury. “I’ve never seen you so angry,” a reporter observed to the senator in a widely shared video. The unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling last week produced a rare moment in American politics: women in high office, long warned to avoid public displays of rage for fear of being described as hysterical or worse, unleash unapologetic and uncompromising anger. (Platoff, 5/11)

Virginia and Maryland governors upset over protests –

The Washington Post: Youngkin, Hogan call on Justice Department to end protests at judges’ homes

Republican governors in Virginia and Maryland, where the homes of Supreme Court justices have become the target of protests, are demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland enforce a federal law that bans protests intended to influence judges on pending cases . Protesters gathered at the homes of several Tory judges last week, spurred by a leaked draft notice suggesting the High Court is preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision guaranteeing access to abortion nationwide. (Vozzella, Cox and Morse, 5/12)

Politico: GOP governors call on DOJ to ‘enforce the law’ as protesters gather outside judges’ homes

Hogan and Youngkin sent the letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, citing federal law Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. Code, which says it is illegal with “intent to influence a judge to ‘picket or parade’.” in or near any building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or officer of the court.” The governors instructed Garland to “enforce the law as it is written.” (Quarter , 5/11)

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