Since the extraordinary leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion during the court’s deliberations on Roe v. Wade, the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been on high alert. The release provoked countrywide demonstrations, attacks on dozens of pro-life clinics and religious institutions, and even an assassination attempt against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Alito stated that the revelation made the justices “targets for assassination.” “It was a shock because nothing like that had happened in the past,” Alito said of the leak in October. “So it certainly changed the atmosphere at the court for the remainder of last term.”
“The leak also made those of us who were thought to be in the majority, in support of overruling Roe and Casey, targets for assassination because it gave people a rational reason to think they could prevent that from happening by killing one of us,” he added during remarks at The Heritage Foundation. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)
Even an assassination attempt was made on Kavanaugh because of the uproar. Nicholas John Roske, 26, reportedly went from California to Maryland on June 8 and showed up in Kavanaugh’s neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning. He was equipped with a knife, a gun, ammo, zip ties, pepper spray, and duct tape. Fox News reports he said officers he intended to use the goods to murder the Supreme Court justice. Roske allegedly told police that he was furious over the leaked draft ruling on Roe v. Wade and that he felt the Supreme Court would reduce gun rules in response to the mass massacre at a Texas primary school. Roske was apprehended by U.S. Marshals after calling 911 and admitting he intended to murder Kavanaugh.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, demonstrators have chosen to harass justices near their residences once again on Sunday.
Protests outside the residences of the justices and threats to the justices themselves led to the unprecedented installation of tight security surrounding the SCOTUS. Despite the increased protection, protestors have reappeared. The Daily Signal claimed that leftist protestors demonstrated undisturbed near the residence of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday evening.
The protestors gathered on the sidewalk in front of Kavanaugh’s residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The march looked to be coordinated by Our Rights DC, a far-left organization. Fox News said that the organization posted a banner asking members to march in the neighborhoods of Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.
The Daily Signal reported that around 20 protesters, coordinated by the organization Our Rights DC, marched up and down the walkway in front of Brett Kavanaugh’s home while freezing rain fell. As they marched, the demonstrators held rainbow umbrellas emblazoned with pro-abortion messages such as “cut his time short, a rapist should not rule the court,” “freedom of religion means freedom from yours,” and “no privacy for us, no peace for you.”
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) January 22, 2023
Daily Signal was on site:
A number of U.S. Marshals, who protect the federal courts, were stationed just above the sidewalk on Kavanaugh’s property. The singing and chanting activists processed by the authorities using the sidewalk. The Daily Signal asked the Marshals why they allowed the protesters to continue their demonstrations when 18 U.S. Code § 1507 forbids picketing or parading “in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” (both Maryland and Virginia law also prohibit picketing to disrupt or threaten to disrupt that individual’s “tranquility in his home”).
Several Marshals, who did not provide their identities, told The Daily Signal that the protestors were not in violation of the law since they were not on Kavanaugh’s property but rather on the sidewalk. The Daily Signal pointed out that the rule expressly states “in or near,” however the Marshals stated that the demonstrators were in compliance with the law because they were on the sidewalk. The police also regularly invoked the First Amendment and free speech and stressed that the activists had the right to demonstrate as long as they were within the law.
Outside the residence of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, at least three Marshals expressed concern that arresting the leftist activists would have a snowball effect and cause more activists to descend upon the neighborhood, recalling the unrest that occurred during riots over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in 2020 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. “More and more would come,” one Marshal stated. The Marshals also hypothesized that the pro-abortion activists planned to obtain attention and celebrity by being detained; one Marshal predicted that the protestors would take pleasure in becoming “martyrs.”
The authorities believe that the judges in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland will dismiss any charges involving the leftist activists who have been protesting outside the houses of Supreme Court justices since the leak happened in May.
A far left activist illegally protesting in front of Justice Kavanaugh's house tries to take pictures of Daily Signal reporter @MaryMargOlohan and her video producer.
Protestor then gives ominous remark while walking away, "Don't worry, we'll see you soon enough" pic.twitter.com/kNJP2zs4sW
— The Daily Signal (@DailySignal) January 23, 2023