Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley sent letters to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Montgomery County, Md., Executive Marc Elrich (D) demanding that they enforce existing laws and do a better job protecting justices whose lives have been threatened.
Greta Van Susteren of Newsmax revealed the existence of the letters in two posts on Twitter time-stamped the evening of July 1.
The letters came after authorities foiled a June 8 attempt to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his Maryland home in the suburbs of the nation’s capital.
According to an FBI affidavit (pdf), suspect Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, Calif., said he wanted to kill Kavanaugh to prevent him from voting to overturn abortion rights and gun control laws. Roske, who was found with a pistol, ammunition, pepper spray, and other items, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Maryland on June 15 and formally charged with attempting to murder a Supreme Court justice, contrary to federal law. He has entered a plea of not guilty.
Other individuals have threatened the lives of various justices, and protests at justices’ homes in Maryland have intensified in recent weeks.
As Marshal, Curley is responsible for court security, the court’s police force, and the personal safety of the justices, wrote Hogan on July 1 requesting that “the Maryland State Police, in conjunction with local authorities as appropriate, enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside of the homes of Supreme Court Justices who live in Maryland.”
Curley wrote that state law provides a person “may not intentionally assemble with another in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to tranquility in the person’s home.” Violators face 90 days in prison or a $100 fine or both and courts are allowed to issue injunctions against the conduct and award damages, she added.
Montgomery County prohibits picketing “in front of or adjacent to any private residence,” the letter states, adding that violators face fines of $100 to $200 plus 30 days in prison.