Alito Denies Allegation Of Leaking Court’s 2014 Holly Lobby Opinion

The allegation is in a news story published this weekend, roughly six months after Politico's publication of the Alito-authored draft ruling in a case that effectively struck down Roe v. Wade
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

  • The leak this summer set off massive outrage about the integrity of the court and resulted in an internal investigation.
  • The results of the investigation have yet to be released.
  • In a daisy-chain of connections typical of Washington, a reverend at the time of the 2014 high court ruling on a birth control case – formally known as Holly Lobby v. Sebelius – said he learned of the outcome from a wealthy donor who was allegedly told by the wife of Justice Samuel Alito, who presumably told her, in a New York Times story published Sunday.
  • The allegation that the Wrights were told the outcome of the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, or the authorship of the opinion of the Court, by me or my wife is completely false,” Alito said in response.

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