Call to defend SCOTUS justices’ homes doesn’t go over well with Maryland officials

Conservative Supreme Court justices became the target of ire earlier this year after Politico published a draft opinion showing that they were ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In response, the Court’s marshal publicly announced last week that she’s calling on state officials for help with protecting them. 

Marshal points to state and local laws

According to the Independent, Gail Curley sent letters on Friday to the governors of Virginia and Maryland as well as officials in counties where the justices live.

She pointed to protests that have been carried out at the justices’ homes, which led officials to begin enforcing state and local laws that ban such activity.

“This is exactly the kind of conduct that Maryland and Montgomery County laws prohibit,” Curley said in one of the letters which was released to reporters. However, Curley’s request was not well-received by Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich.

The Independent noted that Elrich, a Democrat, released a statement of his own in which he slammed Curley’s decision to make the letter public available as being “irresponsible and disappointing.”

Elrich went on to complain that “using the media only further draws attention to the security of the Justices’ homes and neighborhoods.”

Spokesperson for Maryland governor points to federal inaction

Michael Ricci, a spokesperson for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, also reacted negatively to Curley’s letter in a statement put out on Twitter.

“Two months ago, Governor Hogan and Governor Youngkin sent a letter calling on Attorney General Garland to enforce the clear and unambiguous federal statutes on the books that prohibit picketing at judges’ residences,” he began.

“A month later, hours after an assassination attempt on Justice Kavanaugh, the Department of Justice finally responded, declining to enforce the laws,” Ricci continued.

“Now, a different federal official is writing to with conflicting information,” he complained, adding that the Maryland Attorney General’s office is reviewing the constitutionality of the laws Curley cited.

“In light of the continued refusal by multiple federal entities to act, the governor has directed Maryland State Police to further review enforcement options that respect the First Amendment and the Constitution,” Ricci concluded.

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