Demand Justice Statement on Secret Supreme Court Payments to Michael Chertoff


January 27, 2023

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WASHINGTON, DC—Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon released the following statement Monday after CNN reported that the Supreme Court has secretly paid at least $1 million to Michael Chertoff, the outside expert cited by the Court in support of its investigation into who leaked the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade:

“While it’s not surprising only those on the Supreme Court’s payroll are willing to vouch for this botched investigation, the Court continues to amaze in its willingness to flout basic standards of transparency and honesty. At this point, it looks like the goal of this so-called investigation was to protect the justices, who were paying everyone involved, and not get to the bottom of the leak.”

“It is also notable that sources close to the Court are again leaking embarrassing details about how poorly this investigation was handled. Yet again, even those closest to the institution recognize how thoroughly broken it is.”

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