The governors called for the protests outside the homes of SCOTUS judges to stop
The Supreme Court security chief has asked officials in Maryland and Virginia to end pickets and “threatening actions” outside judges’ homes – after the US Department of Justice hesitated to enforce federal laws barring such protests.
Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley wrote letters to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan — both Republicans — and county leaders in both states, citing state and local laws governing the demonstrations prohibited outside of private residences.
“For weeks, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using megaphones and beating drums have been picketing justices’ homes,” Curley wrote in July 1 letters released Saturday.
The motions came a day after a number of pro-abortion advocates flooded the home of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Falls Church, Virginia – and three weeks after a gunman was arrested and charged outside Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Montgomery County, Maryland had been attempted murder.
Activist group Ruth Sent Us dozed the court’s conservative justices in early May when an unprecedented leak of a draft memorandum revealed their plans to have Roe v. to fall Wade.
Hogan and Youngkin, both Republicans, have urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to defuse the protests, citing a federal law banning demonstrations aimed at swaying a judge in a pending case — to no avail.