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U.S. Supreme Court asks Maryland to bar protests at justices' homes

World Jul 03, 2022 06:16AM ET
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4/4 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights protest outside of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, U.S., May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo 2/4

By Jonathan Landay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court’s top security officer has asked Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to enforce laws barring picketing outside the Maryland homes of high court justices, saying protests and “threatening activity” have increased.

Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley made the request in a July 1 letter to Hogan, noting that Maryland law prohibits people from intentionally assembling “in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to tranquility in the person’s home.”

“I am writing to request that the Maryland State Police, in conjunction with local authorities as appropriate, enforce laws prohibiting picketing outside the homes of Supreme Court justices who live in Maryland,” Curley told Hogan, according to a copy of the letter posted on the Fox News website.

Abortion rights activists began protesting outside the Maryland homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito Jr. after the leak in May of a draft opinion indicating the court would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision guaranteeing women the right to an abortion.

The court last month issued a final opinion that did just that.

Curley reminded the governor that in May, he said he was “deeply concerned” over picketing outside justices’ homes in his state. Hogan made the statement in a joint letter with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking enforcement of a federal law barring demonstrations intended to sway judges on pending cases.

“Since then, protest activity at Justices’ homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased,” Curley told Hogan, adding that protesters have for weeks used bullhorns, chanted slogans, and banged on drums.

The letter also noted “an attempt on a Justice’s life,” an apparent reference to the arrest last month near Kavanaugh’s home of a California man armed with a handgun, a knife and pepper spray.

U.S. Supreme Court asks Maryland to bar protests at justices' homes
 

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taylor jason
taylor jason Jul 05, 2022 3:56PM ET
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right to protest is written in the constitution. for a group of conservative judges dedicated to preserving the constitution you would think they would be happy to see people exercising their constitutional rights
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jul 04, 2022 8:36PM ET
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Its already a crime to protest in front of the judges homes. its pathetic they need to ask! State does not want to enforce the law, maybe Obamacare will be the next to fall.
gab nea
gab nea Jul 04, 2022 5:23PM ET
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why do we need a supreme court that does not decide for the majority of americans! Apartheid?
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jul 04, 2022 5:23PM ET
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they decide what the constitution says. The law of the land. 49% is not the majority on your said topic
Meru Pet
Meru Pet Jul 03, 2022 9:50AM ET
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they are no criminals because their opinion is popular. Tell me, it is not this...
Gary bretthauer
Gary bretthauer Jul 03, 2022 9:22AM ET
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freedom of expression and free speech are on the chopping block now, perhaps limit hours of day free speech can be used in front of a home.
Rob Ropes
Rob Ropes Jul 03, 2022 8:17AM ET
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Interesting, the protester on the right side of the photo carries a sign stating that ******saves lives". Apparently she has not considered the life of the child. A child dies with every ****** Something to think about.
Samantha
Samantha Jul 03, 2022 8:17AM ET
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Not all pregnancies are viable. Abortions prevent pregnancies that would otherwise result in death, permanent injury, and long term disability.
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jul 03, 2022 8:17AM ET
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maybe 1 out of 10000
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 8:17AM ET
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If maybes were dollars, Janetty would be a wealthy man.
Bryan Ojeda
Bryan Ojeda Jul 03, 2022 8:14AM ET
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send the MDNG. Protests should be directed at the public office they hold. Protest all you wsnt at the SCOTUS building but at their homes it's just plain harassment.
Michael Roal Casa
Michael Roal Casa Jul 02, 2022 11:28PM ET
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can't take the heat for bad decisions?
Mbah Sidney
Mbah Sidney Jul 02, 2022 11:28PM ET
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when a decision does not favour us we term it bad decision and when it is in our own interest it is good what a world
Mbah Sidney
Mbah Sidney Jul 02, 2022 11:28PM ET
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when a decision does not favour us we term it bad decision and when it is in our own interest it is good what a world
Brent Dewbre
Brent Dewbre Jul 02, 2022 11:28PM ET
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No one should stand outside anyones home and scream… come try that in Tx. Biden is doing 0 i agree with i dont stand outside his personal home and scream
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 02, 2022 7:04PM ET
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Protests aimed at decision makers, such as this, is an attempt at mob rule.  Both sides have used this tactic in the past, but most people condemned it then.  The aim of protests in a democracy should be to persuade voters.  The Democrats encouragement of this intimidating and often destructive behavior is America's biggest threat to democracy.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 7:04PM ET
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Where do you see Democrats encouraging this?
Deborah Holloway
Deborah Holloway Jul 02, 2022 7:04PM ET
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The biggest threat to democracy is the Supremely right wing politically activist, socially repressive Court.
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Jul 02, 2022 7:04PM ET
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Brad Albright watch the news.
 
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