An Austin Attorney’s Supreme Court Brief Has Eerie Similarities to Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Overturning Roe

An Austin Attorney’s Supreme Court Brief Has Eerie Similarities to Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Overturning Roe

Jonathan Mitchell Was a Key Source for Samuel Alito’s Leaked Opinion Overturning Roe v. WadeFollowing last week’s leak of Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, one frequently cited source has received a lot of attention—and not the good kind. Many critics have pointed out that Sir Matthew Hale, a famous seventeenth-century jurist whom Alito calls “eminent” and “great,” was one of the most influential misogynists in legal history—a man who, among other things, considered marital rape an oxymoron and sentenced “witches” to death.  But an arguably more important, and less remarked upon, source of inspiration for many of Alito’s key arguments is very much alive: Jonathan F. Mitchell, a 45-year-old Austin-based attorney who was the legal brain behind Texas’s Senate Bill 8. That so-called Heartbeat Act, passed by the…

The post An Austin Attorney’s Supreme Court Brief Has Eerie Similarities to Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Overturning Roe appeared first on Texas Monthly.


Source: Texas Monthly