Updated Aug 29, 2022 - Politics & Policy
Fencing around Supreme Court removed, building is still closed
The big picture: The fence was installed this spring amid protests after a leaked draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court's readiness to overturn Roe v. Wade, which it ultimately did in June.
- Public access to the building was curtailed in 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and remains so, per SCOTUSblog.
- Though the fence is gone, small barricades remain in front of the building's front steps and plaza.
- But the sidewalk in front of the court is now accessible to pedestrians.
- While court spokesperson Patricia McCabe confirmed to AP that the fence had been removed over the course of the weekend, she added that "the Court as a matter of policy does not discuss security arrangements."
- The court has not yet said when it plans to reopen the building to the public.