Republicans Unveil Plan To Punish SCOTUS Leakers

Republicans Unveil Plan To Punish SCOTUS Leakers

Lawmakers Craft Bill To Punish Future SCOTUS Leakers

( – The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Roe v. Wade was always going to attract debate, but the situation was deliberately inflamed by whoever decided to leak the Court’s preliminary opinion last month. Now, a Republican legislator is trying to make sure this kind of leak never happens again — and, if it does, the perpetrator is appropriately punished.

On May 3, news site Politico reported the Supreme Court had decided to reverse the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion across the US. The report immediately sparked widespread protests, including attempts to intimidate justices with protests outside their homes. Whoever leaked the draft decision inflamed the situation — and they also broke the law.

A new bill, introduced by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and backed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) would strengthen the penalties for anyone convicted of leaking details of impending Supreme Court cases. If it passes, anyone who leaks details could face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Any profits they make from the leak, for example, book deals or TV appearance fees, would also be seized.

Introducing the Stop Supreme Court Leakers Act, Cassidy called the Roe v. Wade leak “an attempt to publicly intimidate justices” and vowed to hold leakers accountable. With one man already in jail on suspicion of planning to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh, that sort of accountability is urgently needed.

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