Justice Samuel Alito declines to say if the justices could still have a friendly dinner with each other after his bombshell draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked
Associate Justice Samuel Alito sidestepped a question about the state of the Supreme Court justices' relationship this week.Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images
Judge Samuel Alito dodged a question about his relationship with the other SCOTUS judges.
Alito was asked if he and the other judges could still eat together.
Alito said everyone was "taking in new cases" during this "hectic time."
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sidestepped a question about the state of SCOTUS during a public appearance this week, dodging a question about the current status of the relationship between the justices.
Alito was addressing an audience at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School when asked if he and the other judges could still eat together, according to The Washington Post.
"I think it would just be really helpful for all of us to hear in person, are you all doing well during these very challenging times?" the person asked, according to The Post.
Alito responded that he told himself that "taking into account all the circumstances," he would not raise this issue in the session.
"Just the court, we had our conference this morning, we're doing our job," Alito said, per The Post. "We're taking new cases, we're nearing the end of our term, which is always a hectic time when we're voicing our opinions."
"So here we are," he said.
The SCOTUS judges met privately for the first time on Thursday after the May 2 majority draft opinion, which upheld the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973 became known. In the draft opinion, Alito wrote that "Roe was terribly wrong from the start" and that he believes it is "time to heed the Constitution" and "put the abortion issue back before the elected officials of the people."
Insider reported Wednesday that Chief Justice John Roberts is likely to oppose Roe v. to overthrow Wade entirely and is trying to get conservative judges to go for a more moderate version of the verdict.
However, Politico reported that despite the backlash and protests against the draft opinion, conservative judges on the bench remain unmoved on the matter.
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