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The weekend saw pro-abortion activists occupying the streets, sidewalks, and yards of the homes of a number of Supreme Court justices – including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh – in protest over a leaked draft Supreme Court decision that, if adopted, would overturn the famous 1973 Roe v. Wade judgment that legalized abortion.
The group Ruth Sent Us will stage another demonstration targeting justices’ homes on Wednesday.
Leftist death threats prompted officials to move Justice Alito and his family to an undisclosed location to keep them safe.
Amid conservative fury kicked up by the protests at Kavanaugh’s and Roberts’ homes, the Senate unanimously approved legislation on Monday night that would bolster security for the high court’s justices. Before the Monday night protest, Alito canceled a planned appearance in Nashville, Tenn., and unconfirmed reports circulated on conservative media suggested he may have gone into hiding.
The scene in front of Chief Justice John Roberts’ house pic.twitter.com/vJVxxFoMNO
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 7, 2022
The marchers have made it to what appears to be Justice Kavanaugh’s house. pic.twitter.com/c5YJMULMv7
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 8, 2022
Some, however, are noting that there is a federal law that prohibits protests like these that interfere with, obstruct or hinder court proceedings.
The protesters gathered outside the homes of conservative justices are being warned that they may be held accountable for an infraction not unlike the one for which some Capitol protesters were charged on Jan. 6, 2021.
It is prohibited to attempt to intimidate judges into changing their judgments under 18 U.S.C. * 1507.
According to the statute: “Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
Conservative commentator Cassandra Fairbanks noted on Saturday that the provision in question is similar to one under which several of those arrested for taking part in the Jan. 6 incursion at the Capitol Building have been charged.
According to Fairbanks, many of those detainees are accused of “violating 40 U.S. Code § 5104, which bans ‘parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings.’”
This is a violation of federal law. pic.twitter.com/4P2rZBSUBY
— James Hirsen (@thejimjams) May 8, 2022
“Many were additionally charged under 18 U.S. Code § 1512, which prohibits protests that ‘otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so,’” she continued.
There are clear violations involved in the targeting of justice’s homes. Even though courts and prosecutors are often willing to let protesters participate in their First Amendment rights, many of the demonstrators seem to be trying to intimidate the justices, some even threatening violence.
The Washington Post reported of organizer Lacie Wooten-Holway, “If the conservative justices are considering rolling back a precedent that protects what people choose to do with their own bodies, she says, then no home address is out of bounds.”
“We’re about to get doomsday, so I’m not going to be civil to that man at all,” Wooten-Holway said, referring to Kavanaugh.
Even though the marchers have gathered outside the residences of the justices, the White House has refused to denounce them.
Asked about the recent protests at the justices’ homes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House and Biden “certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence,” though she did not condemn the protests.
Leftists are exposing their hypocrisy in the demonstrations.
In the first place, they have been pleased when democratic and judicial processes validated their positions. In contrast, when the same process goes in the opposite direction, people suddenly complain that it is unconstitutional.
Furthermore, they constantly say abortion will be illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned, but this isn’t true. Overturning the ruling does not end abortion access, as the draft ruling regarding which they are furious makes it clear.
As a result of the draft ruling, the case would be relegated to the states, who would then be able to decide what to do about the matter based on their own decisions, not judicial fiat. Why are Democrats so against democracy?
Additionally, despite the vocal opposition of pro-abortion radicals, the draft ruling would not affect access to birth control, travel or gay marriage. Alito made it clear in the draft that the decision has no effect on other issues.
“And to ensure that our decision is not misunderstood or mischaracterized,” wrote the justice, “we emphasize that our decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right.
“Nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.”
One wonders when we will get a congressional investigation into those who are violating the law now, if the left wants an inquisistion to jail those involved in the Jan. 6 incursion.