May 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Justice Alito cancels conference appearance days after abortion ruling leak

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Justice Samuel Alito canceled an appearance at a judicial conference due to begin on Thursday, days after a draft decision he wrote indicating that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Alito, one of the conservative justices on the court, authored the leaked document, which said that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," Politico reports.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts later confirmed the authenticity of the document and opened an investigation into the leak.
  • A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that Alito was not attending the conference.

Details: Alito was scheduled to appear at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' judicial conference, Reuters reports.

  • He is the justice assigned to hear emergency appeals from the 5th Circuit, which includes the New Orleans-based federal appeals court and district courts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, Reuters writes.
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