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Tue Jul 26, 2022, 08:14 AM

CNN: The inside story of how John Roberts failed to save abortion rights

The article seems to be a long form attempt to put lipstick on a pig but did include some interesting "relationship" tidbits.

The inside story of how John Roberts failed to save abortion rights


By Joan Biskupic, CNN legal analyst & Supreme Court biographer

Updated 7:53 AM ET, Tue July 26, 2022


(CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts privately lobbied fellow conservatives to save the constitutional right to abortion down to the bitter end, but May's unprecedented leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade made the effort all but impossible, multiple sources familiar with negotiations told CNN. It appears unlikely that Roberts' best prospect -- Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- was ever close to switching his earlier vote, despite Roberts' attempts that continued through the final weeks of the session.

New details obtained by CNN provide insight into the high-stakes internal abortion-rights drama that intensified in late April when justices first learned the draft opinion would soon be published. Serious conflicts over the fate of the 1973 Roe were then accompanied by tensions over an investigation into the source of the leak that included obtaining cell phone data from law clerks and some permanent court employees.

In the past, Roberts himself has switched his vote, or persuaded others to do so, toward middle-ground, institutionalist outcomes, such as saving the Affordable Care Act. It's a pattern that has generated suspicion among some right-wing justices and conservatives outside the court.Multiple sources told CNN that Roberts' overtures this spring, particularly to Kavanaugh, raised fears among conservatives and hope among liberals that the chief could change the outcome in the most closely watched case in decades.

Once the draft was published by Politico, conservatives pressed their colleagues to try to hasten release of the final decision, lest anything suddenly threaten their majority.Roberts' persuasive efforts, difficult even from the start, were thwarted by the sudden public nature of the state of play. He can usually work in private, seeking and offering concessions, without anyone beyond the court knowing how he or other individual justices have voted or what they may be writing.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/26/politics/supreme-court-john-roberts-abortion-dobbs/index.html

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Reply CNN: The inside story of how John Roberts failed to save abortion rights (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Jul 26 OP
riversedge Jul 26 #1
dalton99a Jul 26 #2
Hermit-The-Prog Jul 26 #3
LetMyPeopleVote Jul 26 #4
Polybius Jul 26 #9
Bleacher Creature Jul 26 #5
peggysue2 Jul 26 #6
roamer65 Jul 26 #7
Bleacher Creature Jul 26 #8
Nevilledog Jul 26 #10

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 08:27 AM

1. Seems like after the leak, the conservative justices were just trying to 'save face' IMHO.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 08:31 AM

2. "A serious jolt to the legal system" since 2000

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 09:47 AM

3. Shit on the Subverted Court and the Subversive 6.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 10:48 AM

4. Roberts failed to save the reputation of the SCOTUS

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:07 PM

9. True

I don't put much blame on him though, since no one could have convinced the other 5 to change their votes.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 10:51 AM

5. This pretty much confirms that the leak came from a conservative justice.

It was, as expected, a move to lock in five votes.

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 10:57 AM

6. Yes!

All the accusations of a liberal leak was gross subterfuge.

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 11:20 AM

7. Thomas or Alito.

One of those two scumbags.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:15 PM

8. Yep, and Kavanaugh was just he target.

He was wavering and the leak made it clear that if he voted "no" everyone would know that he changed his mind.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:15 PM

10. My opinion of this story:

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