Sunday 3 July 2022 02:57 AM Supreme Court marshal calls on officials to crack down on protests outside ... trends now
'For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have protesting Justices' homes,' Marshal Gail Curley wrote in the Friday letters to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and two local elected officials, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay, both Democrats.
Curley wrote that Virginia and Maryland laws and a Montgomery County, Maryland, ordinance prohibit protesting at justices' homes, and she asked the officials to direct police to enforce those provisions.
Virginia's GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin has since indicated he's in favor of granting Curley's request.
The request came about a month after a California man was found with a Glock 17 pistol, knife and pepper spray near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after telling police he was planning to kill the justice.
The man, Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, has been charged with attempting to murder a justice of the United States and has pleaded not guilty.
US Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley is asking officials in Maryland and Virginia to enforce local laws against protesting outside of justice's homes
Roske, 26, has been slapped with charges of attempted murder of a Supreme Court Judge by the feds
In a statement responding to the marshal's request, spokesperson Christian Martinez said that Gov. Youngkin 'welcomes the Marshal of the Supreme Court's request for Fairfax County to enforce state law as they are the primary enforcement authority for the state statute.'
The statement went on to call for Attorney General Merrick Garland to 'do his job' to enforce the laws protecting justice's homes, reports Fox News.
While Maryland Gov, Hogan said that: 'Maryland State Police, in conjunction with local authorities as appropriate, enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside of the homes of Supreme Court Justices who live in Maryland.'
U.S. Marshals patrol outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in Chevy Chase, Md., June 8, 2022
Pro-abortion activists with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights hold baby dolls at the home of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on June 18, 2022 in Falls Church, Virginia
The home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is guarded by federal marshals as pro-abortion protesters walk by the house
Barrett's home became the site of another protest on June 30 as pro-abortion activists marched past her house repeatedly
Fairfax County Police officers watch as pro-abortion protesters walk past Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's house in Alexandria
Justices' homes have been the target of abortion rights protests since May, when a leaked draft opinion suggested the court was poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.
Thanks to three appointments made during Donald Trump's time in the White House, the court now has a six-three conservative supermajority, with further protests likely to ensue as other contentious rulings are handed down.
The protests and threatening activities have 'increased since May,' Curley wrote in a