Supreme Court Justice Alito Slams ‘Completely False’ Allegation

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

( – HAPPENING NOW: Seemingly outraged by the allegation that he leaked the outcome of a pivotal United States Supreme Court decision weeks before the opinion was made public, Justice Samuel Alito quickly fired off a written denial just hours after the charge appeared in the New York Times.

The Washington Times has outlined what happened today in an article headlined “Justice Alito denies leaking results of 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling, report“:

“Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. denied Saturday a New York Times report alleging he leaked the results of the 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling, where the court said the feds couldn’t mandate corporations cover contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

“A former pro-life leader, Rev. Rob Schenck, reportedly sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in June and told the New York Times — which published its report detailing the allegations on Saturday — that he learned of the outcome of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores prior to its release.

He said he was tipped off by a woman named Gayle Wright, who had dinner with Justice Alito and his wife.” [emphasis added]

In response to the allegation, Justice Alito issued the following statement:

“The allegation that the Wrights were told the outcome of the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, or the authorship of the opinion of the Court, by me or my wife is completely false. My wife and I became acquainted with the Wrights some years ago because of their strong support for the Supreme Court Historical Society, and since then, we have had a casual and purely social relationship. I never detected any effort on the part of the Wrights to obtain confidential information or to influence anything that I did in either an official or private capacity, and I would have strongly objected if they had done so.”