Headline RoundupJanuary 19th, 2023

Supreme Court Probe Fails to Find Roe Leaker

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A nine-month investigation of who leaked the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision was inconclusive, according to the court.

The Details: Chief Justice John Roberts selected the marshal of the Supreme Court to conduct the probe, and later asked an outside group, the Chertoff Group, to help. The 97 court employees interviewed for the investigation all denied involvement in the leak, and there were reportedly no signs of a technological breach. Some employees did admit talking to family members about the draft opinion and how the justices had voted. 

For Context: The court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade leaked in May 2022, an unprecedented breach of the court that reframed the national political conversation around abortion.

Key Quotes: According to a 20-page public copy of the probe, "the team has to date been unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence," but "To the extent that additional investigation yields new evidence or leads, the investigators will pursue them."

How the Media Covered It: The news was a top story across the political spectrum. Some right-rated sources focused more on Republicans, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R), who criticized the court's failure to bring the leaker to justice.

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