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Justice Alito Denies Whistleblower Claim He Leaked Landmark 2014 Decision Ahead of Ruling

HeadlineNov 21, 2022

In other Supreme Court news, a former anti-abortion activist turned whistleblower has come forward to allege that Justice Samuel Alito leaked the outcome of a landmark 2014 ruling weeks before the court’s decision was made public. The whistleblower, Rev. Rob Schenck, told The New York Times that a wealthy conservative donor informed him about the court’s yet-to-be-published decision after she and her husband had dinner with Alito and his wife. Alito allegedly let the couple know the court was preparing to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain whose owners sought to deny birth control to workers, citing religious freedom. Schenck says he shared the leaked information with Hobby Lobby’s president and used the advance knowledge to prepare a public relations campaign. In July, Schenck sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts informing him of the alleged 2014 Hobby Lobby leak but received no reply. Through a spokesperson, Alito denied any involvement in leaking the outcome of the ruling.

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