“It was a serious betrayal of someone’s trust,” Alito, who wrote both the draft and the final majority opinion, told John G. Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation.
The draft turned out to be substantially similar to the final majority opinion that was issued in June. This decision overturned the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wadewho had established a right to abortion throughout the country.
“It certainly changed the atmosphere in court,” Alito said of the unauthorized disclosure of the project.
Alito noted that a California man was later charged in an alleged conspiracy to kill Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was one of the majority justices.