Supreme Court security chief asks Maryland governor and county to do more to protect justices

Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley sent letters to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Montgomery County, Md., Executive Marc Elrich (D) demanding they enforce existing laws and do a better work to protect judges whose lives have been threatened.

Newsmax’s Greta Van Susteren revealed the existence of the letters in two timestamped Twitter posts on the evening of July 1.

The letters came after authorities foiled a June 8 assassination attempt on Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his home in Maryland, a suburb of the nation’s capital.

According to an FBI affidavit (pdf), suspect Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, said he wanted to kill Kavanaugh to stop him from voting to overturn abortion rights and laws. on gun control. Roske, who was found with a gun, ammunition, pepper spray and other items, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Maryland on June 15 and formally charged with attempting to murder a court judge. supreme, contrary to federal law. He entered a plea of ​​not guilty.

Other individuals have threatened the lives of various judges, and protests at judges’ homes in Maryland have escalated in recent weeks.

As Marshal, Curley is responsible for court security, the court police force and the personal safety of the judges, wrote Hogan on July 1, demanding that “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 wrote that state law provides that a person “may not intentionally assemble with another in a manner that disturbs a person’s right to peace in his or her home.” Violators face 90 days in jail or a $100 fine or both and courts are empowered to issue injunctions against the conduct and award damages, she added.

Montgomery County prohibits picketing “in front of or beside any private residence,” the letter says, adding that violators face fines of $100 to $200 plus 30 days in jail.

Curley noted that in a joint letter with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), Hogan said he was “deeply concerned” about protests outside the homes of Maryland judges who used “threatening language” and put jeopardize “the integrity of our American”. justice system and the safety of our citizens.

“Since then, protest activity at the judges’ homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased,” Curley wrote. “For weeks, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using megaphones and beating drums have been picketing the judges’ homes in Maryland,” she said, adding that “that’s exactly the kind conduct” that state and county laws prohibit.

Letter from Curley to Elrich reminded the county executive of his enforcement obligations and a comment he made after a recent protest outside a judge’s home in the county. “If everyone is going to protest everyone who does something at home, we are going to have a very hard time maintaining civil society,” she quoted Elrich as saying.

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Fairfax County, Virginia, Commonwealth Attorney Steve Descano (D) have been widely criticized for refusing to enforce federal and state laws against anti-abortion activists who threatened and attempted to intimidate Supreme Court justices and their families who reside in Virginia, according to a report by Hans A. von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. This inability to act is fueling the “summer of rage” against the tribunal that left-wing activists have promised, argues the researcher.

Federal law, von Spakovsky writes, makes it a criminal offense to march or picket “near a building or residence occupied or used by [a federal] judge, juror, witness or officer of the court” in “intent to obstruct, obstruct or interfere with the administration of justice, or intance to influence a judge, juror, witness or an officer of the court in the performance of his duties.”

Von Spakovsky is urging Youngkin and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) “to step in and use their legal power to arrest, prosecute, and seek the maximum penalty for each day protesters break the law.”

Congress took action last month.

In response to the threats, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Supreme Court’s policing parity bill on May 5, three days after Politico released a leaked judicial opinion showing the justices were about to overturn the Roe vs. Wade abortion precedent. , which they ended up doing in a June 24 decision. The leak was followed by a wave of anger and threats across the country from pro-abortion activists. Curley is investigating the leak but few details of the probe have been made public.

The bill quickly passed Congress and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on June 16.

The measure grants the Supreme Court “security-related powers equivalent to the legislative and executive powers.” It also gives the court marshal the power to provide protection to the immediate family members of judges and “any officer of the Supreme Court if the marshal determines that such protection is necessary.”

The Epoch Times contacted Hogan and Elrich but they did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and recognized expert on left-wing activism.

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