(RoyalPatriot.com )- Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported how the leaked draft option is testing Chief Justice Roberts’ influence over the other conservative justices on the Supreme Court which cited anonymous sources who suggested that Roberts wanted to uphold the Mississippi abortion law while keeping Roe v. Wade in place.
According to the report from Robert Barnes, Carol Leonig, and Ann Marimow, anonymous sources “close” to the conservative justices on the court claimed that during a private conference in December, Roberts was leaning toward keeping Roe in place while the conservative justices were more interested in an opinion that would overturn both Roe and Casey.
The Washington Post was unable to get anyone from the Supreme Court to confirm what their anonymous sources claimed.
It’s always risky to believe reports based on anonymous sources within the Supreme Court.
Back in January, NPR Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg reported that anonymous sources said Chief Justice Roberts had asked all nine justices to wear a mask during hearings at the request of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but Justice Neil Gorsuch refused, forcing Sotomayor to attend hearings remotely.
The story was untrue.
Justices Gorsuch and Sotomayor released a joint statement saying the claims were false. Chief Justice Roberts released a statement saying he didn’t order all nine justices to wear masks during hearings.
What are the odds the Washington Post’s anonymous sources have the story right?
This private conference cited in the Washington Post’s article occurred over five months ago, and this is the first we’re hearing about it.
Roe v. Wade is a hot-button issue and we have known since last year that the Supreme Court could possibly overturn it this summer. How likely is it that these “sources” would have kept mum for nearly six months about what was said in that December meeting?
The Washington Post’s report is designed to further the narrative that the conservative justices, especially the three nominated by former President Donald Trump, have become so extreme, that they’re even too extreme for Chief Justice Roberts.