May 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Chief Justice Roberts calls Supreme Court leak "appalling"

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John Roberts. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade "absolutely appalling" during an appearance Thursday at a meeting of lawyers and judges at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, CNN reported.

Why it matters: This was Roberts' first public appearance since news broke that the Supreme Court is prepared to potentially overturn federal abortion rights.

What they're saying: Roberts added of the leak that he hopes "one bad apple" doesn't change "people's perception" of the Supreme Court, per CNN.

  • He added that if "the person" or "people" behind the leak believe it will affect the court's work, they are "foolish," CNN reported.

The big picture: Roberts issued a statement Tuesday confirming the authenticity of the document and calling the leak a "singular and egregious" breach of trust.

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