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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced legislation expanding protections for Supreme Court justices and their families as a liberal group plans protests at justices’ homes.
The legislation would allow Supreme Court police to arrest people who interfere with the court’s ability to perform its functions, as well as create a criminal penalty for people who interfere or interfere with those functions. Cornyn introduced the legislation the same day a group calling itself “Ruth sent us” staged protests outside the homes of six Tory judges.
“Attempts to intimidate Supreme Court justices by the radical left are unfortunately not new, but dangerous nonetheless,” Cornyn said in a statement. “We must protect the judges and their families in case these protests turn violent.”
The liberal activist group has released the supposed home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
“Our extremist 6-3 Supreme Court routinely issues decisions that harm the rights of women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrants,” the group’s website reads. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
Fox News learns there was a heavy police presence at the judges’ home after the leak. The group says it will visit homes on May 11.
The DC Police Department erected a fence around the Supreme Court building in anticipation of escalating protests this weekend. Police also activated protest response units until Sunday.
Protest activity around the Supreme Court has increased since a draft copy of Justice Alito’s opinion in a Mississippi abortion case was leaked by Politico. The decision would overturn Roe v. Wade if adopted by four other judges.
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Republicans on Capitol Hill also expressed outrage at the near-unprecedented leak, while Democrats sounded the alarm in defense of abortion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called for the funder’s lawsuit, saying the move was a transparent attempt to overturn the court’s ruling.
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“Someone, probably someone inside the court itself, leaked a confidential file to the press, to stoke a pressure campaign,” McConnell, R-Ky, said. “Whoever committed this illegal act knew exactly what it could lead to.”
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