Recently, when a draft copy of an upcoming Supreme Court decision made its way to an online publication, shock waves were sent through Washington. For the first time in history, such a thing happened, and according to all known sources, the integrity of the court itself was in the cross-hairs. The Chief Justice even issued a statement condemning the leak.
Since then, the identity of the leaker has not been produced, just angst among those who perceive that rights would be taken from women seeking to end pregnancies as the decision in question would overturn Roe v. Wade, the blanket bench law that essentially legalized abortion nationwide. (That the issue would then be sent to the states to decide whether or not to allow the procedure locally doesn’t seem to enter the discussion.)
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy will propose new legislation Thursday that would hold future Supreme Court leakers accountable with a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison for releasing information about pending decisions.
Cassidy told the Washington Examiner that if the legislation, titled the Stop Supreme Court Leakers Act of 2022, becomes law, it would not be able to imprison or fine anyone responsible for leaking the draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
However, Cassidy did note that it could be used to confiscate any possible profits received by the person or people who leaked the draft.
“There is a portion in there which seizes profit stemming from the crime. So the person who wants to do a book deal where they’re going to profit from what they’ve done, that would be affected,” Cassidy said. He clarified to reporters that any media contributions or paid speaking engagements resulting from a leak would fall into the same category.
“Whoever leaked this draft opinion and any future leakers must face the consequences of the damage they cause,” Cassidy said.