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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

SCOTUS judge, Senate approves bill to boost family safety

The Senate on Monday approved legislation that enhances personal protection and other protections for Supreme Court justices and their families after a draft opinion leaked. Roe vs. Wade touched off pro-abortion protests across the country.

Last week, censors Chris Koons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, which would provide justices and their families with the protective detail provided to members of Congress and the White House. . Officer.

“If the profiles and exposures of the families of Supreme Court justices are similar to those of the highest-ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection,” Coons said last week in announcing the law. “We must take seriously the threats against Supreme Court judges coming from extremes on both sides of the political spectrum, and that makes this bill an unfortunate necessity.”

“Events of the past week have focused on the families of Supreme Court judges, who unfortunately face threats to their safety in today’s increasingly polarized political climate,” Cornyn said., “We must work to ensure that Justices and their families are protected from those who seek to harm family members by providing them Supreme Court police protection.”

on Monday, Fox News reported That Senate Republicans and Democrats were consulting with their fellow members to determine whether to object to the legislation. If there are none, the bill can be brought to the House and passed by voice vote.

Sen. Chris Koons insisted that Supreme Court justices have the same protections as officers of the highest rank in government.
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US Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks on the economy during a news conference at the US Capitol on May 04, 2022.
Sen. John Cornyn said that Roe v. Wade’s draft opinion has focused “on the families of Supreme Court judges.”
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Supreme Court police officers stand behind a fence around the US Supreme Court Building on May 07, 2022 in Washington, DC.
A protective barricade was erected outside the Supreme Court after the draft opinion was issued.
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On Saturday, nearly 100 sign-holding protesters marched outside the Maryland homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, chanting “The whole world is watching!”, “We won’t go back” and “My body, my choice.”

The pro-abortion organization “Ruth Send Us” has scheduled a “walk-by” outside the homes of six conservative Supreme Court justices on Wednesday, including Amy Connie Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, in addition to Roberts and Kavanaugh .

The organization posted a map on its website with the locations of all the judges’ homes; However, it was later removed from Google for “violation of our Terms of Service and/or Policies”.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki mildly criticized the protesters on Monday, saying judges “should be able to do their jobs without worrying about their personal safety” – though she did not say protesters should not be in jurists’ homes should go. ,

In addition to Wednesday’s walk-by, the left-wing group Shutdown DC was planning a Monday night candlelight vigil outside the home of Alito, who wrote the draft opinion published by Politico last week.

Malina Brannan, a Georgetown University student, looks at police officers through a high fence outside during a protest in front of the US Supreme Court on May 6, 2022 in Washington, US.
Pro-choice activists have protested outside the homes of conservative judges.
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