Protests by abortion advocates outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices have gone unanswered by the Justice Department despite a federal law making it illegal to try to “influence” government officials and the outcome of a court case.
After last week’s leak of a draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court planned to overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion activists are now targeting the private homes of the six Republican-appointed justices.
Picketing or parading near a courthouse or a building used by a judge, juror, or witness, or a building or residence owned or occupied by a court officer, with the intent of obstructing, disrupting or influencing the administration of justice will result in a fine of up to $1,000 or one year in prison.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has yet to make a public remark in response to the protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices, despite the language in the federal statute. Garland’s silence and the reason protestors have not been arrested were both left unanswered when Fox News Digital reached out to the Justice Department (DOJ).
“They are elevating their political interest in portraying the draft Supreme Court opinion as extreme over their constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully and protect both the Court and the justices,” says Andy McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and Fox News contributor.
“I’d like to point out that Attorney General Garland claimed months ago that the Justice Department had an interest in protecting teachers and school administrators when he sent the FBI to investigate parents who were protesting the inclusion of racist and anti-American materials in school curricula. Even if a parent were to assault a schoolteacher, it would be a state felony, not a federal one, because the relationship between parents and schools is state and local, not federal “McCarthy went on to say.
Last autumn, the Department of Justice issued a memo asking the FBI to investigate “threats of violence” at school board meetings to protect school officials from threats made by outraged parents. McCarthy referred to this document. Because the National School Boards Association (NSBA) had just written to Vice President Biden calling for his administration to regard parent protests at school board meetings as probable acts of “domestic terrorism,” Garland’s request drew a lot of criticism.
“In contrast, federal law enforcement has unambiguous jurisdiction over the protection of the Supreme Court as an institution and the security of its justices. Inexcusable that the Justice Department is so quiet and passive now, when it was loud and active over a manufactured controversy over which it had no authority, “This is what McCarthy told Fox News Online.
Ian Prior, a senior legal advisor at America First Legal, expressed his disappointment with the department’s lack of response to Fox News Digital, saying: “All you need to know about the politicization of this Justice Department can be found in this one sentence. Merrick Garland militarized the DOJ against parents just four days after the Biden administration received a letter from the NSBA, despite the fact that the FBI had no evidence of an increase in harassment or threats against school boards.”
“Even while demonstrators demonstrate outside the residences of Supreme Court justices in an attempt to influence a ruling, we haven’t heard from Merrick Garland. Those who don’t agree with the government’s extreme views have been treated with disdain, and the administration appears to be fine with extremist, mob-like actions to support those goals “Continued from the beginning.
In reaction to mounting criticism of the rallies outside the residences of Supreme Court justices, White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Monday that Vice President Biden “absolutely believes in the Constitutional right to protest.”
The use of violence, threats, or vandalism is never acceptable, according to Psaki, who wrote on Twitter. It is critical for judges to be able to carry out their duties without fearing for their own safety, because they play a critical role in our society.
As a result, the Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino tweeted Monday that the White House has “no problem” with activists protesting outside of Supreme Court justices’ houses, even though Justice Alito is said to have had to leave his home because of the disruption.
Protesters gathered outside of the houses of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend, while the group “Shut Down DC” staged a second protest outside of Justice Samuel Alito’s home on Monday.
Supreme Court Justice Alito has leaked an opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to regulate abortion.
For the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Alito wrote in a draft judgment in February, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.” Relying on the Constitution, “it is time to bring abortion back into public debate.”