(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last Friday, the marshal of the US Supreme Court wrote letters to Maryland and Virginia officials asking them to enforce the laws prohibiting picketing outside the homes of the conservative justices who live in those states.
In letters to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, and local elected officials, Marshal Gail Curley condemned the weeks-long protests outside of the justices’ homes and cited both Virginia and Maryland laws and local ordinances that prohibit picketing at the homes of judges. She asked the officials to have law enforcement enforce the laws.
In her letter to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Curley cited a protest last week where 75 pro-abortion radicals spent 20 to 30 minutes at one justice’s home before proceeding to another justice’s home for another 30 minutes. By the time the protest moved back to the first location, the crowd had swelled to 100 loud, disruptive people. Curley told Elrich that this is precisely “the kind of conduct Maryland and Montgomery County laws prohibit.”
Curley also sent a letter to the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia, Jeffrey McKay. In May, McKay rejected a request from Governor Younkin to have the police block pro-abortion activists from protesting outside of the justices’ homes.
In response to the letter, McKay repeated his claim that the law barring picketing outside of a judge’s home is unconstitutional.
In May, Governors Younkin and Hogan demanded that Attorney General Merrick Garland enforce federal statutes that prohibit picketing to influence a judge. But even after 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske was arrested and charged with attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Attorney General Garland has refused to enforce the law.
On Saturday, Governor Hogan’s spokesman Michael Ricci said in a statement that while Garland refuses to enforce the law, another federal official (Curley) “is writing to us with conflicting information.”
Montgomery County Executive Marc Erlich sent an angry statement to CBS News calling Curley’s request “troubling.” Erlich said if Curley is concerned about the justices’ security, she should have communicated directly with county officials and “not through the media.” He maintained that the county would protect the First Amendment rights of the protesters “regardless of the subject of the protests.”
Only Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office seemed appreciative of the Marshal’s letter. Spokesman Christian Martin said the Governor “welcomes the Marshal of the Supreme Court’s request for Fairfax County to enforce the law.”