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InfluenceWatch Podcast #217: The SCOTUS Leak


It’s the biggest story of the week in Washington. Following a nearly unprecedented breach of the Supreme Court’s institutional security, Politico published a draft of a possible majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade, returning questions of abortion regulation to the states.

The leak of a draft opinion is unheard of; observers of and former clerks for the justices have largely wondered how it could have happened given the Court’s need for institutional confidentiality and the Justices’ routine affirmations of it. And if the final ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health looks like the leaked draft, the ramifications on public policy will be substantial.

Joining me to discuss the leak and some implications of what we have seen are my colleagues Sarah Lee and Ken Braun.

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., but found herself drawn to Washington, DC, the birthplace of her mother, after completing a master’s degree in public administration from…
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Ken Braun

Ken Braun is CRC’s senior investigative researcher and authors profiles for InfluenceWatch.org and the Capital Research magazine. He previously worked for several free market policy organizations, spent six…
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Michael Watson

Michael is Research Director for Capital Research Center and serves as the managing editor for InfluenceWatch. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he previously worked for a…
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