SCOTUS urges governors to enforce picketing laws outside judges’ homes

The Supreme Court Marshal asked officials in Maryland and Virginia to enforce state and county laws that prohibit picketing outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, according to a letter obtained by CNN and NBC.

Colonel Gail Curley, Marshal of the Supreme Court, sent letters to Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Glenn Youngkin of Virginia on Friday expressing concern about a week-long protest that unfolded outside the homes of justice.

Pro-choice protesters have been outside the homes of justice since May, when the draft notice to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked. Prolonged protests outside Justice homes have many officials worried about the safety of Supreme Court justices amid the decision to overturn Roe. Curley urged governors to order police to enforce their anti-picket laws.

“Since then, protest activity at the judges’ homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased,” Curley said in the letter to Hogan, according to NBC. The letter mentioned large groups using megaphones and banging on drums. “This is exactly the kind of conduct the laws of Maryland and Montgomery County prohibit.”

In a separate letter to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, she pointed to a Maryland law, which states that a “person may not intentionally assemble with another in a manner that interferes with a person’s right peace in his home” and that the law “provides for a prison sentence of up to 90 days or a fine of $100.”

The letter to Elrich also cited a Montgomery County law, which states that “a person or group of persons shall not picket in front of or beside any private residence.”

Curley, who is investigating the Opinion Draft leak, noted in the letter an incident near Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland in June, where a gunman was arrested with “intent to kill Kavanaugh.” . In light of the arrest, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded increased security for the judges.

“You recently said you were ‘deeply concerned’ that ‘hundreds of protesters have recently chosen to picket Supreme Court Justices at their homes in … Maryland,'” Curley wrote in the letter to Hogan. , according to CNN. “Since then, protest activity at the judges’ homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased.”

Along with Kavanaugh, Justices John Roberts and Alito live in Maryland. Judge Amy Coney Barret lives in Virginia.

In response to the letter, Hogan’s director of communications, Micheal Ricci, said: “Had the Marshal taken the time to explore the matter, she would have learned that the constitutionality of the law cited in her letter had been challenged. question by officials of the Attorney General of Maryland.”

Curley sent a similar letter to Virginia, citing a similar law, according to Politico.

According to CNN, Youngkin’s spokesperson said the governor “welcomes the Supreme Court Marshal’s request for Fairfax County to enforce state law, as they are the primary law enforcement authority. application of state law”.

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