Judge Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court claims to have a “very decent notion” about who leaked a draft of a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal that was published on Friday, Alito said that while he is aware of the likely source of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization draft ruling leak, it is insufficient for the court to disclose the source.
The draft ruling, which Politico published on May 2, 2022, ultimately struck down Roe v. Wade.
According to Alito, the disclosure was an attempt to frighten the court’s justices.
“I personally have a pretty good idea who is responsible, but that’s different from the level of proof that is needed to name somebody,” Alito said.
“It was a part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft…from becoming the decision of the court. And that’s how it was used for those six weeks by people on the outside—as part of the campaign to try to intimidate the court.” he continued.
“Those of us who were thought to be in the majority, thought to have approved my draft opinion, were really targets of assassination. It was rational for people to believe that they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbs by killing one of us.” the Justice concluded.