Alito Cancels Public Appearance as Group Targets Conservative Justices

Alito Cancels Public Appearance as Group Targets Conservative Justices

A United States justice has canceled their planned appearance at a judge’s conference following the leak of a draft majority opinion indicating the high court will overturn Roe v. Wade.

That justice, , authored the 98-page draft opinion. Five pages in, Alito wrote that Roe “must be overruled.”

Alito’s draft ignited a political firestorm, both on the issue of and the nature of the leak, which Chief Justice John Roberts called an “egregious breach” of trust “intended to undermine the integrity of our operations.”

Before the leak, Alito had been scheduled to appear at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals conference with members of the New Orleans-based appeals court and district court judges from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

As The Guardian reports:

But he has since canceled, the person said, and Patricia McCabe, a spokesperson for the supreme court, said he was not attending. No reason was given for why Alito, who is the justice assigned to hear emergency appeals from the 5th Circuit, was not going.

While it remains unclear what prompted Alito’s sudden cancellation, we know that left-wing activists belonging to the group “Ruth Sent Us” have published the home addresses of the conservative Supreme Court justices and are planning demonstrations in front of their homes next week.

Per Fox News:

The activists are organizing under the moniker “Ruth Sent Us” and have published the supposed home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.

“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” the group’s website reads. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”

Fox News is told there has been a strong police presence at the justices’ homes following the leak. The group says they will visit the homes on May 11.

Besides Alito, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had invited Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas to speak at their annual conference in Atlanta. It is unknown if they will still attend.

Back in the District, barricades have been erected around the Supreme Court building, and the Metropolitan Police Department has placed its protest response unit on standby.

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