Just a quick round-up of stuff related to Sammy’s he-man, woman-hater club decision.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie looks into, you know, repercussions of the leak (rather than the actual ruling, because this is TBotP, after all and what is more important than the process/horse race!) –
MEANWHILE, ACROSS THE STREET — There’s a hunt underway. Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into how Justice Samuel Alito’s draft initial opinion got out.
But, as Kyle reports this morning, there are plenty of reasons why Roberts and other justices may stifle a deep and thorough investigation. A comprehensive probe of the small staff of the Supreme Court would expose justices, clerks and their families to questions about phone and email records that they rarely face.
Crime? Or no crime? It is not yet clear if the disclosure of the draft document was criminal in any way, no matter how explosive the response has been. Roberts tasked the investigation to the marshal of the Supreme Court, who is primarily in charge of operational security at the courthouse. An investigation would likely require seeking outside assistance from the FBI or a former prosecutor.
“But any significant Justice Department involvement would involve problems with the constitutional separation of powers, raising the uncomfortable prospect of an executive branch agency rifling through the communications of Supreme Court justices and their closest aides,” writes Kyle. Read this smart look at what could be ahead for the investigation inside SCOTUS: Supreme Court investigation of opinion breach faces multiple legal obstacles
This is one to watch because of what TBotP notes, but also: if SCOTUS suddenly goes silent, it means they may have found the leak, but for POLITICAL reasons, they won’t reveal who it was. (Clarence Thomas/Ginni?) And Dawg only knows the stuff that the FBI might find (like who paid the debts of the Virgin Mayor of Keg City Brett Kavanaugh).
The MIT newsletter thingie however is looking at some shocking technology developments around the issue.
Full disclosure: I am running late and have not read all of these:
- Brokers are selling the location data of people who visit abortion clinics
This is an old problem, but it’s taking on a new urgency in the light of the potential repeal of Roe v Wade. (Motherboard)
- Overturning Roe v Wade could force tech companies to help states punish people seeking abortions. (Protocol)
- It could also criminalize women making even cursory online searchers linked to abortion. (Gizmodo)
- Amazon’s $4,000 abortion travel benefit does not extend to many of its poorest workers. (Motherboard)