Politico’s Roe v. Wade scoop becomes law


The Supreme Court made huge headlines on Friday with its decision to end the constitutional right to abortion. But the decision was also unusual because it was already known.

Politico rattled the country last month by reporting on a draft opinion for the case, written by Justice Samuel Alito, that ran nearly 100 pages. Longtime court watchers were stunned by the story, since there was no precedent for leaking an entire draft opinion to the media well in advance of a decision being announced. As it turned out, the final opinion, written by Justice Alito, had echoes of the draft.

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