(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Attorney General Merrick Garland has remained conspicuously silent on the prohibited protests taking place outside of the homes of Supreme Court justices following the unprecedented opinion leak in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, Fox News reported.
Though Garland has pursued with zeal pro-Trump political dissidents who participated in the Jan. 6 uprising, exhausting every prosecutorial possibility to detain those involved, he seems unconcerned by the attempts of leftist activists to influence the judicial outcome that may overturn Roe v. Wade‘s controversial federal abortion mandate.
Per U.S. Code 1507, any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” in the vicinity of a court or the residence of a court official must be “fined” or “imprisoned.”
According to Andy McCarthy, a contributor at the National Review and Fox News, the DOJ and the White House—both of which have largely avoided commenting on the protests—seem to be acting in concert.
“They are elevating their political interest in portraying the draft Supreme Court opinion as extreme over their constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully and protect both the Court and the justices,” he said.
“It is inexcusable that the Justice Department is so silent and passive now, when it was loud and active over a manufactured controversy as to which it had no jurisdiction,” McCarthy continued.
However, not all Democrats were so cavalier about the safety of the judiciary.
In light of the recent threats and riots outside of the homes of a number of Supreme Court justices, the Senate on Monday passed a bipartisan bill to extend police protection to SCOTUS families, the Daily Caller reported.
“The events of the past week have intensified the focus on Supreme Court Justices’ families,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., the bill’s co-sponsor.
“If the families of the Supreme Court Justices have the same profile and exposure as the high ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection,” he added.
Threats against Supreme Court Justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated.
I’m glad the Senate quickly passed my bill to extend SCOTUS police protection to family members.https://t.co/WP6cTmTOUZ
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 9, 2022
It remained to be seen whether the bill would be taken up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who egged on violent open-borders protests in 2018 before pushing the partisan Jan. 6 Committee to investigate Democrats’ political rivals for entering a public building.
Pelosi again mischaracterized the recent anti-life protests as being “righteous anger” in a statement Monday, Fox News reported.
“While we have seen and heard extraordinary anguish in our communities, we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard,” she said.
A projectile hurled during a riot in Los Angeles last week left one police officer critically injured, and a pro-life ministry in Wisconsin was burned down over the weekend, with a threatening message spray-painted on its exterior.
Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.