May 18, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Garland meets with SCOTUS officials on security for justices

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Supreme Court officials on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing security for the nine justices, the DOJ said in a statement.

The big picture: Peaceful demonstrators have been protesting outside the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Samuel Alito as well as the home of Chief Justice John Roberts after a draft decision indicating that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked.

  • Last week, Garland ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to "accelerate the provision of around-the-clock security at the homes of all Justices, among other actions," per the DOJ's statement.

What they're saying: “The rise of violence and unlawful threats of violence directed at those who serve the public is unacceptable and dangerous to our democracy,” Garland said.

  • “I want to be clear: while people vote, argue, and debate in a democracy, we must not — we cannot — allow violence or unlawful threats of violence to permeate our national life."
  • "The Justice Department will not tolerate violence or threats of violence against judges or any other public servants at work, home, or any other location," he added.

Flashback: The Senate last week unanimously passed a bill to extend around-the-clock Supreme Court Police protection to justices' families.

  • It was a rare bipartisan move for a chamber habitually plagued by partisan gridlock.
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