“For weeks on finish, giant teams of protesters chanting slogans, utilizing bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed justices’ properties in Maryland,” Curley wrote.
“Earlier this week, for instance, 75 protesters loudly picketed at one Justice’s dwelling in Maryland for 20-Half-hour within the night, then proceeded to picket at one other Justice’s dwelling for Half-hour, the place the gang grew to 100, and eventually returned to the primary Justice’s dwelling to picket for one more 20 minutes. That is precisely the type of conduct that the Maryland and Montgomery County legal guidelines prohibit,” the letter continued.
Curley, who can be main the investigation into the opinion’s disclosure, mentioned state and county legal guidelines “present the instruments to stop picketing exercise on the Justices’ properties, and they need to be enforced at once.”
The talk over protests at justices’ properties and Supreme Court docket safety has risen because the disclosure of the draft opinion.
In June, a California man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly threatening to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh within the run as much as the court docket’s key ruling on abortion rights. The Washington Publish first reported the existence of the marshal’s letters.
Curley despatched comparable letters Saturday to Virginia officers together with Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, citing Virginia statutes.
Hogan and Youngkin called on the Justice Department in Could to supply sufficient assets to guard Supreme Court docket justices and their households.
Curley’s letters quoted earlier feedback from Hogan and Youngkin stating their considerations over the protests.
Hogan spokesman Michael Ricci, responding to the marshal’s letter Saturday, mentioned the governor had urged the Justice Division to behave underneath “clear and unambiguous” federal statute, and that the constitutionality of the state statute in query was underneath overview by the Maryland Lawyer Basic’s workplace. Ricci added that Hogan has directed state police to additional overview enforcement choices.
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.