Pro-abortion demonstrators who have gathered outside the houses of Supreme Court justices have been warned that they may be prosecuted with an offense similar to that one some Capitol demonstrators were charged with on Jan. 6, 2021.
Pro-abortion activists descended on the streets, sidewalks, and yards of several Supreme Court justices’ homes over the weekend, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in protest of a leaked Supreme Court draft decision that, if confirmed, would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
The scene in front of Chief Justice John Roberts’ house pic.twitter.com/vJVxxFoMNO
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 7, 2022
The marchers have made it to what appears to be Justice Kavanaugh’s house. pic.twitter.com/c5YJMULMv7
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 8, 2022
Officials were so disturbed by the protests that the draft decision’s author, Justice Samuel Alito, and his family were evacuated to an unknown location to keep them safe in the face of death threats from lefties.
However, many are pointing out that there is a federal law that prohibits rallies like this from interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice.
Attempts to frighten judges into modifying their verdicts are prohibited under 18 U.S.C. 1507.
As conservative writer Cassandra Fairbanks pointed out on Saturday, that clause is similar to one under which several individuals detained for engaging in the Jan. 6 Capitol raid have been charged.
Many of the inmates have been accused of “violating 40 U.S. Code 5104, which bans ‘parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings,'” according to Fairbanks.
“Many were additionally charged under 18 U.S. Code § 1512, which prohibits protests that ‘otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so,’” she added.
Targeting justices’ homes appear to constitute clear violations. While courts and prosecutors frequently grant protestors broad freedom in exercising their First Amendment rights, many demonstrators appear to be attempting to frighten the justices, with some threatening violence.