House passes bill giving Supreme Court justices greater security
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would increase security for U.S. Supreme Court justices as tensions rise ahead of a decision on an abortion case in Mississippi after a man drove from California to Maryland with plans to assassinate Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Supreme Court’s police parity bill on Tuesday, more than five weeks after the Senate unanimously approved the bill. The legislation now awaits a signature from President Joe Biden.
The bill extends police protection to “any member of the immediate family of the Chief Justice, any Associate Justice or any officer of the Supreme Court if the Marshal determines that such protection is necessary.” A total of 396 House members voted for the measure, while 27 opposed it. All of the “no” votes came from the Democrats.
While most of the opposition to the Supreme Court’s police parity law came from the more progressive members of the Democratic Party, including the group of lawmakers known as “The Squad,” a group of six Democrats representing New Jersey also voted against the measure. One of the lawmakers, Rep. Tom Malinowski, represents a swing district that political handicappers such as the Cook Political Report and the University of Virginia Center Politics plan to flip to Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections.
Two others, Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Mikie Sherrill, represent districts that handicappers say could become competitive if the political environment continues to deteriorate for Democrats. The three lawmakers representing highly or poorly competitive districts, along with Representatives Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires and Bonnie Watson Coleman released a joint statement explaining their decision to vote against the bill.
“We fully support the expansion of security for Supreme Court justices and their families. We also strongly believe that these expanded protections should also apply to federal judges and their families, who face similar threats, with fewer protective resources,” they said. “We stood with our friend Judge Esther Salas and voted no today because we could not support the passage of legislation that continues to ignore the calls of all federal judges for greater great security.”
As lawmakers explained, “on July 19, 2020, a man who had appeared before Judge Esther Salas in her courtroom came to her doorstep dressed as a FedEx delivery person” after finding her address “with an easy online search.” . The 20-year-old son of the federal judge who sits on the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ‘answered the door of his home and was shot 3 times and killed’ while ‘her husband was shot and is still recovering”. ”
The push to pass the Policing Parity Act from the Supreme Court to the House follows a failed assassination attempt on Kavanaugh last week. Nicholas Roske of Simi Valley, Calif., showed up in the middle of the night outside Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Md., armed with multiple weapons, including a gun, knife and pepper spray. He called 911 before he could go through with his plans and was arrested soon after.
The Washington Post reported that Roske texted his sister after she became concerned about U.S. Marshals outside Kavanaugh’s home and convinced him to call 911 and turn himself in. A federal grand jury indicted Roske for the attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice on Wednesday and he now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The safety of Supreme Court justices has become a growing concern following Politico’s release of a draft advisory in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health May 2nd. Draft opinion finds majority of Supreme Court justices, including Kavanaugh, expressed support for overturning 1973 law Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
The prospect of a reversal deer led to outrage from pro-abortion activists that turned violent in some cases. Roske worried about the reversal of deer as the motive for his assassination attempt.
In the days following the publication of Dobbs draft, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us has released the home addresses of six Republican president-appointed justices, five of whom signed the draft notice. The group organizes weekly illegal protests outside the homes of the six judges.
A final decision in the Dobbs The case is expected by the end of the month. If the Supreme Court overturns deer as expected, the abortion issue will be decided state by state. While 21 states will ban or restrict abortion more severely than they currently do in the absence of Deer, 16 states will continue to allow abortion during most or all of pregnancy because the right to abortion has been codified in state law.
Ten other states will likely continue to enforce existing abortion laws and/or restrictions and the other three could put abortion policy in the hands of voters in the form of referendums.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org