A Supreme Court in Disarray After an Extraordinary Breach

May 05, 2022

© Kenny Holston for The New York Times Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court on Monday after a draft of the majority opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was leaked.Not the Supreme Court as an institution.The internal disarray the leak suggests, wholly at odds with the decorum prized by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., was a blow to the legitimacy of the court.“Until now, a leak of this kind would have been unthinkable,” said Peter G. Verniero, a former justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.But the chief justice’s approach, whether considered incremental or unprincipled, would have left abortion available, for now, to many people.