The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman stated that his panel is currently reviewing “serious allegations” In a report, a former anti-abortion leader was aware in advance of the outcome of an upcoming 2014 referendum Supreme Court Contraception coverage in health care
The report Saturday in The New York Times The stunning was next. leak This was earlier in the year. draft opinion in the case In which the high court was overturned Roe v. WadeThis decision ended constitutional protections against abortion. The decision was taken by Justice Samuel AlitoHe is also the author and majority opinion in the 2014 case at the center of the new report.
The Times story, Rev. Rob Schenck stated that he had learned the result of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case was decided weeks before it was made public. In a 5-4 decision, Alito wrote that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care legislation.
Schenck, the former leader of Faith, and In other stories, Action has been described in Politico and Rolling Stone He was part of a coordinated effort to forge social relationships. and Ministry relationships with conservative justices
The Times Schenck stated the following: about The Hobby Lobby Gail Wright was a donor to Wright’s organization who participated in the outreach to the justices. and Alito had previously dined with them and His wife. Wright herself denied sharing or obtaining any information in an interview she did with the Times.
The New York Times Schenck also published the letter that he claimed he sent to Chief Justice John Roberts last July, alerting him of the alleged breach. Schenck stated that he believed the information could be relevant as part a probe into the leak of the abortion decision.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee stated in a Saturday statement that the committee is “not functioning as it should”. “reviewing these serious allegations,” and He urged fellow members of Congress for a bill to be passed that would require the high court to adopt a code of ethics.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse are two other Democrats and Georgia’s Rep. Hank Johnson, who chairs the courts subcommittees issued a statement calling for the Times Report “another black mark on the Supreme Court’s increasingly marred ethical record” and They stated they “intend to get to the bottom of these serious allegations.” They also called for the adoption of a code ethics.
The Times‘ story included an emphatic denial by Alito that he’The outcome of the case was disclosed by the court. The court released Alito’s full statement to The Associated Press:
“The allegation that the Wrights were told the outcome of the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, or authorship for the opinion CourtIt is not true that I or my wife said it. My wife and The strong support they gave to the Wrights made me familiar with them years ago. Supreme Court Historical Society and Since then we have had a casual. and It is a social relationship.
“I never detected any effort on the part of the Wrights to obtain confidential information or to influence anything that I did in either an official or private capacity, and I would have strongly objected if they had done so. I have no knowledge of any project that they allegedly undertook for ‘Faith and Action,’ ‘Faith and Liberty,’ or any similar group, and I would be shocked and offended if those allegations are true,” It said.
Schenck’s Faith and Action group became Faith & Liberty after becoming part of the Liberty Counsel in 2018.
President George W. Bush appointed Alito to the Supreme Court in 2006.
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