Armed man arrested near Supreme Court justice’s home, allegedly made threats
According to a Supreme Court spokesman, an armed man was arrested near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after allegedly threatening Kavanaugh.
The man was arrested around 1:50 a.m. m. Wednesday and taken into custody in Montgomery County.
The Department of Homeland Security warned in May that there could be threats against Supreme Court justices over the leaked draft of Roe v. Wade.
In May, a bulletin obtained by ABC News said the leak of the draft “spurred a significant increase in violent threats, many made online through social media and some of which are under investigation, directed at some Supreme Court justices.” of the US and the Supreme Court building.”
According to the bulletin, the National Capital Threat Intelligence Consortium identified at least 25 violent threats on social media that were referred to partner agencies for further investigation.
“Some of these threats spoke of burning down or storming the United States Supreme Court and murdering the judges and their employees, members of Congress, and legal protesters,” the bulletin said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday: “This is exactly the kind of event that many feared the court’s appalling violation of rules and regulations could fuel.”
McConnell used the incident to ask the House to pass legislation to increase protections for Supreme Court justices and their families.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Judiciary Committee, called on President Joe Biden to condemn those who attack judges.
“Political violence is un-American. President Biden must personally and strongly condemn the violence and threats against Supreme Court justices,” he said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said increased security at judges’ homes began in recent weeks.
“I call on leaders of both parties in Washington to strongly condemn these actions in no uncertain terms. It is vital to our constitutional system that judges can carry out their duties without fear of violence against them and their families,” Hogan said. In a statement on Wednesday.
Armed man arrested near Supreme Court justice’s home