Abortion Activist Claims 2014 Supreme Court Decision Was Leaked

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23:  U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito speaks during the Georgetown University Law Center's third annual Dean's Lecture to the Graduating Class in the Hart Auditorium in McDonough Hall February 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Moderated by Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor, Alito began the conversation talking about his father.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Rev. Rob Schenck, who used to run a nonprofit evangelical firm in Washington, D.C., claimed that he was tipped off about the outcome of the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. weeks before it was issued in 2014.
  • Schenck, who now favors abortion rights, sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts in June to share his story. That came weeks after the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. The New York Times obtained a copy of Schenck’s letter to Roberts.
  • Schenck claimed that a donor, Gayle Wright, learned of the 2014 decision after sharing a meal with Justice Samuel Alito, and passed along the information to Schenck.
  • Wright denied Schenck’s allegation. Alito did not deny meeting the Wrights, but rejected allegations that he leaked the decision.

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