NPR reporter Nina Totenberg said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that she believed a conservative paralegal was the most likely suspect in the leak of Judge Samuel Alito’s draft majority decision that overturned Roe v. Wades from 1973.
Totenberg said: “You see it’s an earthquake, and I think inside the pitch itself it’s an earthquake. There has never been a leak like this. There have been minor little springs that have come out of court, reports of a tentative vote or misconduct by a judge in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. There were those sorts of leaks, but never a full draft of a majority opinion. That has never, ever happened before. And it can only, in all likelihood, have come from a judge, I think that’s less likely, maybe one of the clerks. The leading theory is that of a Conservative official who feared that Chief Justice Roberts would persuade one of the Conservatives to join a much more moderate opinion.”
She added: “There is another theory that it was an outraged liberal office worker. But I think the only one that makes sense is that he came from someone who feared that this majority would not hold. That Chief Justice Roberts could persuade one of the conservatives to approach him with a much more moderate opinion.”
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