US Supreme Court asks Maryland to block protests at judges’ homes

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court’s top security official has asked Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to enforce laws banning pickets outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in Maryland.

Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley made the request in a July 1 letter to Hogan, noting that Maryland law prohibits people from deliberately congregating “in a manner that violates a person’s right to rest in the home of the person disturbs”.

“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 residing 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 homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland and the home of Judge Samuel Alito Jr. in Virginia after the leak in May of a draft opinion that the court would quash the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, guaranteeing women the right to abortion.

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

Curley reminded the governor that in May he said he was “deeply concerned” about pickets outside the homes of judges in his state. Hogan made the statement in a joint letter with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting enforcement of a federal law banning demonstrations designed to influence 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 spent weeks using megaphones, chanting slogans and beating drums.

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

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Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by David Gregorio

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