Minister accuses Justice Alito of leaking 2014 Supreme Court landmark ruling over contraception and religious rights – just weeks after the justice slammed Roe v. Wade leak as ‘grave betrayal’
- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. was accused of revealing the high court’s 2014 landmark ruling involving contraception and religious rights
- The case, ruled 5-4, allowed for-profit employers with religious objections to opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare
- Rev. Rob Schenck, who backed the high court’s ruling, revealed that he and his associates acquired the decision after a visit to Alito’s home
- Alito, who slammed the leaks of his draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, denied the allegations
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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., who slammed the Roe v. Wade leak, was accused himself of revealing the high court’s 2014 landmark ruling involving contraception and religious rights.
The case, ruled 5-4, allowed for-profit employers with religious objections to opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.
Rev. Rob Schenck, who backed the high court’s ruling, revealed that he and his associates acquired the decision before it was published after a visit to Alito’s home, the New York Times reports.
Schenck detailed the leak in a letter sent to Chief Justice John Roberts after the judge ordered an investigation into the leak of Alito’s draft opinion regarding the overturn of Roe v. Wade that led to protests around the nation.
At a recent event at a conservative think tank, Alito said the leak of the draft opinion that overturned the constitutional right to abortion made majority justices ‘targets for assassination’.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. (pictured) was accussed of revealing the high court’s 2014 landmark ruling involving contraception and religious rights
In his letter to Roberts, Schenck, an Evangelical leader who operated the nonprofit Faith and Action group in Washington D.C., revealed that a couple of his donors dined with Alito in June prior to the court announcing its decision later that month.
Reports indicate that the pair who met with Alito was Don and Gayle Wright, an Ohio couple Schenck appointed to attend dinner parties with conservative justices.
‘She suggested that in their table conversation, she might be able to learn the status of the case, something she knew had an interest in knowing,’ Schenck wrote. ‘I received a follow-up message from her notifying me she had indeed obtained the information during that visit.’
Through the information received, the reverend said he was able to mount a public relations push in support of the decision favoring religious rights.
He also admitted to passing on the leak to Steve Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, the craft store owned by Evangelicals at the center of the 2014 case.
In a statement through a spokesperson, Alito acknowledged that he did have dinner with the Wrights in June, but denied ever disclosing the decision.
‘[The] allegation that the Wrights were told the outcome of the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, or the authorship of the opinion of the Court, by me or my wife, is completely false.’ Alito said.
Neither Hobby Lobby nor Gayle immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. Don passed away in 2020.
This is a developing story.
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