Warner Partner and Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group Matthew Nelson spoke with WLNS-TV6 about the leak of the opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito.
According to Nelson, never in history has a leak of this caliber happened from the Supreme Court – and although it’s not clear who did this or why – he says it undoubtedly came from the Supreme Court’s inner circle, meaning a judicial assistant, law clerk or perhaps even a justice.
Speculation has risen to what may have motivated this leak, but regardless, Nelson says it calls the integrity of the Supreme Court’s decision making process into question. The nation’s highest court is designed to handle controversial cases without pressure from the public or lawmakers in D.C.
“It will have a very negative effect on the Court’s reputation. The Court is very proud of is its tradition of secrecy” with regard to opinions. The Justices “have to be able to have frank, open and honest conversations with each other,” said Nelson.
Read the full article on WLNS.com here.
The recipient of numerous national and regional awards and with years of experience skillfully navigating high courts, Nelson serves as a go-to appellate lawyer for clients who have major problems and very sophisticated issues. He represents clients throughout the country in a variety of venues, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan Supreme Court, other state supreme courts, various federal courts of appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Nelson routinely works with trial litigators on dispositive motions, motions in limine and preparing appellate strategies while a case is still in trial court. Learn more about his practice here.
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