High court calls for end to protests outside judges’ homes

Bloomberg – The U.S. Supreme Court security chief demanded that Maryland officials enforce laws against picketing outside private homes, saying “threatening activity” has increased in recent weeks.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh live in Montgomery County outside Washington, D.C. Protesters have been protesting at both homes since a draft notice of the decision that ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade, who had legalized abortion nationwide, was disclosed in May.

Court Marshal Gail A. Curley sent letters Friday to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, noting that state and county law prohibits such protests outside private homes. .

“For weeks, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using megaphones and beating drums have been picketing the judges’ homes in Maryland,” Curley wrote to Hogan.

“Earlier this week, for example, 75 protesters picketed a judge’s home in Maryland for 20-30 minutes in the evening, then picketed another judge’s home for 30 minutes, where the crowd grew to 100, and eventually returned to the First House of Justice,” she wrote. “This is exactly the kind of conduct the laws of Maryland and Montgomery County prohibit.”

Curley, who is investigating the leaked draft notice, did not mention the judges by name in the letters. Hogan and Elrich’s offices did not return requests for comment.

In mid-May, the Justice Department provided security for the Supreme Court and its justices as protests mounted over the leaked opinion. Last month, a California man was charged with attempted murder after he was arrested with a gun outside Kavanaugh’s home and threatened to kill him.

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