As public pressure mounted, the DOJ ordered martial law to provide security
On Wednesday, the head of the judiciary instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to provide “security assistance” for the safety of Supreme Court justices, following the release of a draft judgment overturning Rowe v. Wade, which angered abortion rights activists.
The draft, which indicates that the court was ready to dismantle the nearly 50-year-old legal protections for abortion, prompted protests outside the Supreme Court headquarters and the residence of some conservative judges.
The Justice Department said in a statement that Attorney General Merrick Garland “continued to brief Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices on security considerations.”
Virginia Attorney General urges DOJ to protect Supreme Court judges: ‘Do your job’ https://t.co/vbO1SnpI6X
– Fox News (foxnews) May 12, 2022
The DOJ said Garland, who was himself a former Supreme Court nominee, “directed the U.S. Martial Service to provide additional assistance to the Supreme Court Martial and Supreme Court police to assist in the security of judges.”
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered that the Supreme Court marshal investigate the leak. The first draft, prepared by Conservative Justice Samuel Alito and circulated in February, does not represent the final conclusion of the case, “Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a statement.
He emphasized in a statement that the betrayal of trust by the court would not be successful if it was aimed at undermining the integrity of our operations. The court said the work of the court would not be affected in any way.
BREAKING: After threatening and unjustifiably threatening Supreme Court judges, the uncompromising Garland DOJ has finally announced additional security for the Supreme Court by US marshals. https://t.co/LEVrkHNrO1 pic.twitter.com/16Qt8lMAdo
– Tom Fitton (ম Tom Fitton) May 11, 2022
With the appointment of three nominees by former President Donald Trump, conservative judges are now enjoying a 6-3 majority in the high court, fueling wild speculation about the possible politicization of the court. For legal reasons, it is feared that Alito’s draft may be used to overturn other rights, such as same-sex marriage.
Barricades and fences have been erected around the Supreme Court building to avoid crowds.
Some have popped up at Alito’s home in Virginia, as well as at the Maryland home of Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanagh. The protests were condemned by the conservative and right-wing media, who accused the protesters of trying to intimidate the judges.
Others, others, stood up for the protesters who went to the judge’s house to express their concerns. When asked about the pattern on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., responded, “If the protests are peaceful, yes.”
“Three or four times a week, people protest in front of my house. It’s okay to use the American method of protesting peacefully, Schumer has confirmed. If they are calm then good with me.
The Senate on Monday passed a bipartisan bill that would provide additional security to family members of Supreme Court judges.
In late June or early July, we should expect the court to rule on abortion. On Thursday, the nine judges will meet in private for the first time since Alito’s draft was leaked.
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