Why contempt may be an appropriate punishment for the High Court backer

By Michael Zuckerman (May 7, 2022, 12:58 p.m. EDT) — The race is on to identify who leaked the draft notice quashing Roe v. Wade. Describing the leak as “a singular and flagrant breach” of trust, US Chief Justice John Roberts took action. He almost immediately ordered the marshal of the court to open an investigation into the source of the leak.

What happens next is unclear. But the United States Supreme Court has a potentially powerful but overlooked tool for dealing with the person who leaked the draft notice.

A federal crime?

The Court now faces, perhaps, one of the greatest threats it has ever faced. Politicians and commentators are…

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