Marshal Gail Curley’s primary role at the Supreme Court of the United States was to announce the entrance of the court’s nine justices, with a short script that includes “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” — meaning “hear ye” — and concludes, “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”
According to the Army Times, however, she got a much bigger assignment earlier this month when she was given the task of overseeing the court’s leak of a first draft majority opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade.
The 1973 decision gave women across the nation the broad constitutional right to abortion and has caused outrage from progressives across the nation.
In addition to traditional protests at the White House, groups have organized demonstrations outside the homes of the more conservative justices and concerns about violence against the justices has caused some to be moved from their homes.
Curley, however, who formerly served as a colonel in the Army and a military lawyer, reportedly has just the disposition to find the leaker and get to the bottom of the problem. She was described to journalists as being “smart, private, apolitical and unlikely to be intimidated.”
“I’m confident that if the truth can be found out here, she’ll find it out and present it in an unbiased manner,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston, her direct supervisor at the Pentagon in her last military job before the Supreme Court.
The colonel’s former supervisor said he was always impressed by Curley and that she had a stellar reputation as a leader. However, she was so apt to keep her private life private that even her boss of two years didn’t know if she was married or had children.
Curley was a graduate of West Point, where just under 10% of her 1991 graduating class were women. Lisa Freidel, a member of the same 25-member company as Curley, said she was kind and studious but also a “pretty serious person.”
“She didn’t like the tomfoolery of some of the boys, some of the guys, in our company. They were young men. They do stupid stuff. She did not like that,” Freidel remembered, adding Curley “wanted to be surrounded with intellectuals, people that were smart to challenge her.”