The deliberations of U.S. Supreme Court justices have always been secretive and closely-held – until last week when details about Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.’s apparent vote change in the health care case were leaked to CBS News’ Jan Crawford.
Nina Totenberg, NPR’s veteran Supreme Court correspondent, said the justices fear such leaks. “The justices are really worried about it. They are always worried about it,” Totenberg, who counts several current and former justices as her “professional friends” told Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia.
But Totenberg cautioned not to read too much into Roberts’ apparent change of heart, saying that during the course of case deliberations it is not unusual for a justice to change his or her mind. That is why reporting leaked information from the Court is always a dangerous proposition for a news reporter. Had she been leaked information about the health care ruling before it was released by the Court, she said, “I would have been scared to death.”
Totenberg’s full interview is below. For more Supreme Court news and information, see Lawyers USA‘s Supreme Court Report.