Ketanji Brown Jackson, a future U.S. Supreme Court Justice, has refused to condemn the recent leak of a draft of the high court’s pending abortion opinion or the ongoing protests outside the homes of jurists sits solidly between “cowardly” and outright “sinister,” as stated by the former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.
Jackson, who is slated to take the seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer after their current term reaches its end, spoke in an interview with the Washington Post. When questioned about the leak of the draft opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito and the related subsequent protests of the Washington-area homes of the justices expected to go along with the draft opinion concerning the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which is the landmark 1973 case determining a federal right to abortion, she seemed quite reluctant.
“I can’t answer that,” stated Jackson in response when questioned about if the leaking of the draft opinion “was a good thing or a bad thing.”
When questioned about what she thought about the currently raging protests outside the personal residences of Alito and fellow justices Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who chose not to sign the draft opinion, Jackson seemed to just not care.
“I don’t have any comment,” she stated off-handedly.
McCarthy, who is also a contributor for Fox News, was quite intense in his criticisms of the way in which Jackson was handling her position via a National Review Column.
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“This ranges from somewhere between cowardly and sinister, much like the failure of the justices to issue a joint statement that echoes the chief justice’s condemnation of the leak and statement of determination to identify the leaker, and that condemns the protests, which violate federal law,” wrote McCarthy in their piece.
Roberts has called for an expansive internal investigation concerning the leak of the opinion for a case called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case puts up a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law that bans most abortion operations at any time past the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The leaked draft opinion not only issues a ruling in favor of the state’s law but also effectively overturns Roe v. Wade and the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which are the current cases that affirm the right to abortion on the federal level.
The final decision from SCOTUS could come down at any time within the next month. However, the leak sparked a series of widespread pro-abortion protests at the Supreme Court itself along with the private residences of the SCOTUS justices. To go along with the mess, Old Uncle Joe and his administration have chosen to encourage such protests but stated that demonstrators should remain peaceful.