An investigation by the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to identify the person who leaked the draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., the landmark case that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.
The court announced Thursday that the SCOTUS marshal who investigated the leak “has to date been unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.”
Politico published a draft of the decision that would eventually overturn Roe v. Wade on May 2, 2022.
“After examining the Court’s computer devices, networks, printers, and available call and text logs, investigators have found no forensic evidence indicating who disclosed the draft opinion,” the marshal’s office wrote in a report on the probe.
Investigators interviewed 97 employees, all of whom denied sending the draft opinion to Politico, also according to the marshal’s office.
All of the interviewed employees signed an affidavit under the penalty of perjury stating that they did not share the draft opinion, officials said. If investigators later find they lied, then the personnel would be subject to prosecution.
“Investigators continue to review and process some electronic data that has been collected and a few other inquiries remain pending. To the extent that additional investigation yields new evidence or leads, the investigators will pursue them,” the marshal wrote.
The report found that because staffers were still working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were gaps in security policies and an increased risk of inappropriate disclosures of court information.
“While investigators and the Court’s IT experts cannot absolutely rule out a hack, the evidence to date reveals no suggestion of improper outside access. Investigators also cannot eliminate the possibility that the draft opinion was inadvertently or negligently disclosed – for example, by being left in a public space either inside or outside the building,” the report stated.
The unprecedented leak led to White House-sanctioned protests outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes and a string of violent domestic terrorist attacks against Catholic churches and pro-life facilities. On June 8 of 2022, a California man who was upset about the leaked draft opinion targeted conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh in an assassination attempt.
More than seven months after abortion agitators began firebombing, vandalizing and destroying churches and pro-life centers all across the country, the FBI on Thursday finally offered reward money for information leading to an arrest.
According to Fox News, the FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for “information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for these crimes.”
“Today’s announcement reflects the FBI’s commitment to vigorously pursue investigations into crimes against pregnancy resource centers, faith-based organizations, and reproductive health clinics across the country,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with our national, state, and local law enforcement partners to hold responsible anyone who uses extremist views to justify their criminal actions.”
According to LifeNews, approximately 250 attacks targeting pregnancy resource centers, churches, and pro-life advocates have occurred within the past 12 months, most of them in response to the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling.
A group called “Jane’s Revenge” has taken credit for most of the firebombing attacks. The FBI, however, has not yet announced any arrests.