Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Supreme Court observers are shocked at the leaks that are flowing from the high court’s chambers in the wake of its landmark healthcare decision.
In contrast to Congress, which leaks like a sieve, and the White House, which has dripped out tidbits of information, the court has a reputation as leak-proof, which is a key part of its above-the-fray image.
That image has been seriously tested over the past four days as unnamed sources have gone to the press with recriminations and finger-pointing over the healthcare case.
The substance of the leaks is not especially scandalous: Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the court’s conservative members, but changed his vote to join with the court’s liberals in a 5-4 decision upholding President Obama’s healthcare law.