The Washington Examiner reports that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced a piece of legislation that would punish U.S. Supreme Court leakers.
The bill is called the Stop Supreme Court Leakers Act of 2022.
It comes in response to the recent leak of the court’s draft decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This is the case in which the justices considered the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.
That leaked opinion showed the Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. This became a reality on Friday when the court released its official decision in the case.
It does not appear that Cassidy’s bill would punish the leaker of this draft decision – if the identity of this leaker is ever discovered. Instead, the bill seeks to prevent future leaks by threatening to punish future leakers.
It threatens these Supreme Court leakers with a $10,000 fine and 10 years imprisonment.
Cassidy released a statement on the bill saying, “Whoever leaked this draft opinion and any future leakers must face the consequences of the damage they cause.”
It is unclear how much support there is in Congress for Cassidy’s bill.
Several Republicans, including Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), have already announced their support of it. But, the key question is whether there is any Democrat support for the bill, and this remains unclear.