(NewsGlobal.com)- In a recent report on how the leaked draft option is testing Chief Justice Roberts’ influence over the other Justices on the Supreme Court, the Washington Post cited anonymous sources who suggested that Roberts had indicated in private discussions that he wanted to uphold the Mississippi abortion law while keeping Roe v. Wade in place.
According to the report from Robert Barnes, Carol Leonig, and Ann Marimow, anonymous sources “close” to the conservative justices on the court, during a private conference Roberts was leaning toward keeping Roe in place while the conservative justices were more interested in an opinion that would overturn both Roe and Casey.
This private conference supposedly took place back in December.
The Washington Post was unable to get anyone from the Supreme Court to confirm what their anonymous sources claimed.
Remember back in January when NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg reported that anonymous sources told her that Chief Justice Roberts asked all nine justices to wear a mask in court at the request of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but Justice Neil Gorsuch refused, forcing Sotomayor to attend hearings remotely?
Yeah, that story, based on anonymous sources within the Court, was untrue.
Gorsuch and Sotomayor released a joint statement saying the claims were false. Chief Justice Roberts released a statement saying he didn’t order all nine justices to wear masks during hearings.
Maybe the “sources close to the court” don’t know what they’re talking about.
This private conference cited in the Washington Post’s article was over five months ago. But we haven’t heard a peep about it until now?
Come on. What are the odds that would stay quiet for nearly half a year?
The purpose of the Washington Post’s report is to further the narrative that the conservative justices, especially the three nominated by former President Donald Trump, have become too extreme for even Chief Justice Roberts.
Reporters covering the Supreme Court will take any idle gossip from their sources, blow it out of proportion, and run with it if doing so helps further that narrative.