LOCAL NEWS

Utah Sen. Mike Lee calls Roe v. Wade draft leak ‘unprecedented’

May 3, 2022, 7:20 PM | Updated: 8:25 pm

Utah Senator Mike Lee explains why the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court is unprecedented...

Utah Senator Mike Lee explains why the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court is unprecedented. (KSL TV)

(KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY — Reaction and protests continued to dominate discussion Tuesday after a draft opinion from the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked Monday.

There are strong opinions on both sides of the abortion debate, but to have them focused on this part of the process just does not happen.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee said part of his concern is people are now applying pressure on justices about their stance before an actual vote.

“It’s completely unprecedented,” Lee said. “I can’t think of a single example of this happening ever.”

Lee previously clerked under Justice Alito who wrote the leaked document. He said opinions like the one leaked are typically kept under tight security until the court is ready to release a decision.

“The Supreme Court is not bent on secrecy. It’s bent on thoroughness and it wants to make sure that its process is complete before it releases anything to the public, lest they create confusion for people subject to those opinions.”

The documents are kept on servers that are not connected to the internet and paper copies aren’t allowed to leave chambers. They are shredded and burned afterward.

“So, when this opinion leaked, something went terribly wrong. And the people of the Court and the United States were not served by the leak,” Lee said.

He explained pressure can be applied to the court now making it more like a political body.

He said it’s hard to know the exact intentions of whoever made the leak.

“If they wanted to embarrass, threaten, intimidate, and harass any justice who might be considering signing on to it, this is how they might go about that,” Lee said.

Lee called Alito’s decision fantastic.

“This was a win for the Constitution. The reason I say that is because 48 years ago in Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States took a power that was not federal, took that power away from the states,” he explained.

Something else that concerned Lee is that the opinion could be used as an argument for stacking the court, an effort to increase the number of Justices.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

The Utah Senate on March 1, 2024....

Lindsay Aerts

Final day of 2024 legislative session saw billions in funding and a move to ban pride flags

The final day of Utah’s 2024 legislature saw over 100 bills passed, involving funding for downtown, social media restrictions for minors, and a $29.4 billion budget.

2 hours ago

Cache County Clerk David Benson addresses a crowd regarding election law violations. (Mike Anderson...

Mike Anderson

Cache County Clerk addresses office election law violations

Cache County Clerk David Benson answered questions from the media and local voters about findings of numerous election law violations in his office.

3 hours ago

Pair of handcuffs on a black bacthroom...

Alexander Campbell

Washington County man calls police on self, gets arrested for stolen firearms

A teenager is off the streets after calling in to St. George Police and giving them his approximate location Friday, leading to a guns-drawn arrest.

3 hours ago

Two victims in a Hit-and-run in Sugarhouse speak to KSL News on Friday. (Emma Benson, KSL News)...

Emma Benson

Sugarhouse hit and run victims speak out

Two Sugarhouse women are speaking out after they were involved in a hit-and-run.

5 hours ago

Toyota passenger car that was involved in a fatal crash on Friday. (Utah Highway Patrol)...

Alexander Campbell

South Jordan crash results in one fatality, closes I-15 on ramp

Interstate 15 is closed at 11400 South while Utah Highway Patrol investigates a fatal crash on Friday.

6 hours ago

SLCPD officers pulling the the man off the parking garage ledge. (The Salt Lake City Police Departm...

Alex Cabrero

Body cam video shows police officers save man’s life during mental health crisis

Many people who live or work in downtown Salt Lake City often have very normal days. 

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee calls Roe v. Wade draft leak ‘unprecedented’