Republican senator pushes bill to punish Supreme Court leakers with 10 years in prison

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., wants to deter Supreme Court leaks like the one that led to the publication of a draft opinion in a pending abortion case, and on Thursday he introduced a bill that aims to do that by punishing leakers with hefty fines and prison time.

The leaked draft opinion, which would overturn Roe v. Wade if it becomes the court's official opinion, sparked protests in front of justice's homes. Additionally, one man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly plotting to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"The attempted assassination of a sitting United States Supreme Court justice was a direct result of the dangerous and unprecedented leak. While the mainstream media may ignore this horrific story targeting a conservative justice, the American people want the leaker to be held accountable," Cassidy told the Washington Examiner.

The bill calls for anyone leaking non-public information about pending Supreme Court decisions to face up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It also calls for seizing any profits that a leaker might earn as a result of their leak.

"So the person who wants to do a book deal where they're going to profit from what t... (Read more)