‘This Will Be It’
In June 2014, Mrs. Wright revealed to Mr. Schenck her plans to dine privately with the Alitos. She and the minister also agreed that she would learn about the Hobby Lobby decision. “She knew I had an interest in knowing,” In his letter addressed to the chief justice, Mr. Schenck penned.
Mrs. Wright wrote Mr. Schenck a cryptic email on June 4, the day following the meal. She said she had some news.
In the interview, Mrs. Wright said that while she did not have her calendars from those days, she believed the night in question involved a dinner at the Alitos’ home during which she fell ill. She said that the justice drove her and her husband back to her hotel, and that this might have been the news she wanted to share with Mr. Schenck.
“Being a friend or having a friendly relationship with a justice, you know that they don’t ever tell you about cases. They aren’t allowed to,” Mrs. Wright stated. “Nor would I ask. There has never been a time in all my years that a justice or a justice’s spouse told me anything about a decision.”
According to the minister, he stopped breathing after learning from Mrs. Wright about the outcome. He was aware that decisions pending were not meant to be made public and that it could cause harm to everyone.
Cheryl Schenck, his wife, stated that he was in pain. “The reason I remember is all the stressful machinations on, ‘What should I do with this information?’” Ms. Schenck, who is a therapist, spoke out in an interview.
He stated that Mr. Schenck was unable to resist the opportunity. He wrote emails over the next few weeks revealing the advance knowledge he claimed he had about the Hobby Lobby decision. While the outcome was not surprising — the justices’ questions during oral arguments had hinted at it — Mr. Schenck appeared to know that Justice Alito would author the opinion, even though many court watchers expected Chief Justice Roberts will be the one to draft it.