US Supreme Courtroom asks Maryland to cease protests at judges’ properties

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The top U.S. Supreme Court security official has asked Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to enforce a law banning picnics outside the homes of senior court judges. , said that protests and “intimidation activity” had increased.

Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley made this request in a July 1 letter to Hogan, noting that Maryland law prohibits people from knowingly gathering “in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to be quiet in that person’s house.”

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

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Abortion rights activists began protesting outside the Maryland homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito Jr. after the leak in May of a draft opinion suggesting the court would overturn Roe’s 1973 decision against Wade. guarantee women the right to abortion.

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

Curley reminded the governor that in May he said he was “deeply concerned” about having a picnic outside the homes of judges in his state. Hogan made this statement in a joint letter with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking enforcement of a federal law that halts protests aimed at influencing federal judges. adjudication of pending cases.

“Since then, protest activity at the Judge’s home, as well as intimidation activity, has only increased,” Curley told Hogan, adding that protesters for weeks had been using handguns, shouting slogans. signal and beat the drum.

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

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Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by David Gregorio

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