Amid escalating outrage from the left in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a Texas man was recently arrested for allegedly making a “terrorist threat” against the vaunted institution, as Fox News reports.
The arrest of 20-year-old Mikeal Archambault occurred on June 25 and was carried out by The Colony Police Department in the Lone Star state, according to the outlet.
CBS News indicated that the local police department was alerted by the FBI to a threat Archambault allegedly made via Twitter, in which he wrote, “I’m finna [sic] kill everyone in the SUPREME COURT with my ak47,” and following a preliminary investigation of the facts, authorities secured an arrest warrant.
Ultimately, the suspect was taken into custody at his home in The Colony and subsequently charged with the crime of making a terroristic threat, and though the tweet swiftly made the rounds online, Archambault’s account on the social media platform appeared to have been deleted sometime after it was posted.
Following his booking at the Denton County Jail, Archambault arranged for release on a $25,000 surety bond, as Fox News further noted.
SCOTUS marshal demands action
Though Archambault may not have had the wherewithal to carry out his ill-advised Twitter threat, the heated rhetoric from leftist pro-abortion activists as well recently as a failed plot to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have underscored the need to treat such scenarios with the utmost seriousness.
As such, the marshal of the high court has just asked officials in Maryland and Virginia – states in which the imperiled conservative justices reside – to enforce existing statutes that prohibit the sort of raucous demonstrations and picketing that have continued outside their homes since the draft opinion overturning Roe was first leaked.
In letters sent to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and two local officials in those states, as the Associated Press reported, Marshal Gail Curley emphasized the urgency of the situation and the need for enforcement of the laws already on the books.
“For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums have picketed Justices’ homes,” Curley wrote, adding that the demonstrations and threatening conduct have “increased since May.”
Govs. Youngkin and Hogan have voiced their concerns about the protests in recent weeks, and they have both asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce federal law prohibiting picketing designed to influence or intimidate a federal judge, a request on which the Justice Department has taken no action.
Dereliction of duty
The ongoing unwillingness of Garland specifically and the Biden administration in general to take a hard line against those who threaten or unduly harass members of the high court has rightly drawn criticism from conservative commentators, with former Supreme Court law clerk Mike Davis declaring it “a dereliction of their duty.”
GOP strategist Karl Rove opined recently that unless law enforcement agencies do not take steps to put a stop to the type of protests Curley wants to see curbed, it will be akin to “open season on judges” having been declared, essentially with the blessing of the Biden administration. Whether – despite Garland’s inaction – state and local officials rise to the occasion and use the resources available to thwart the extremist danger faced by the justices, only time will tell.