Is the Justice Department getting even with conservative Supreme Court Justices by not enforcing a decades-old law against intimidating judges?
Virginia’s Republican Lieutenant Governor, Winsome Sears, railed against Justice Department inaction against protestors outside the judges’ homes.
Title 18 Section 1507 was added to federal law in 1950, outlawing picketing or parading with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness or court officer.
Since Politico published a draft copy ruling of a Mississippi abortion case that seems to indicate the nation’s top court may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, some have been railing against it. The outcome of that case provides a national guarantee for abortion access. If it is overturned when the court releases its final ruling, expected in June. Many states have enacted “trigger laws” that immediately forbid or restrict abortions in their state.
Pro-abortion advocates have reacted negatively to the possibility, and some have begun appearing in front of residences belonging to Supreme Court judges. Since the ruling has not been formally announced, protests outside their homes is viewed as an intimidation tactic designed to sway a judge to rule the way the protestors pronounce they should.
Despite the clear language of the nearly century-old law, the federal Justice Department has not taken any visible action to deter protestors or enforce the law. Hence, the Sears outrage leveled at the president during a Thursday interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“President Biden, you need to tell your attorney general to go and do his job and protect the citizens of the United States of America,” Sears said. “Ultimately, sir, this falls on you. This is on your watch. And it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.”
“And then who is going to write the script for you, Mr. President, so you can read it and say that it was somebody else’s fault?”
Virginia’s Lt. Gov. also reviled protesters in a Wednesday Twitter post calling on state officials to take action although Gov. Glenn Younkin notes enforcing the Virginia law is a local police matter.
Both called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to uphold the federal law against intimidating judges.
“We have asked Attorney General Garland to enforce the law and to make sure that these demonstrators are not allowed to try to intimidate justices like they are trying to do,” added Sears.
LifeNews founder Steven Ertelt posted a short video clip depicting a large group of protestors and journalists encamped before Judge Samuel Alito’s Virginia home. The “pro-life news website” founder noted “radical leftists held threatening and intimidating protests outside Justice Alito’s Virginia home.”
“‘F— you Alito’ they screamed,” Ertelt said in his caption, adding, “These protests are technically illegal but, of course, no one was arrested.”
Seven women dressed in similar garb consisting of red robes and white hats evocative of “The Handmaid’s Tale” protested outside Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s house. One Twitter user posted a short video clip of them to her Twitter account Wednesday.
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