During a recent episode of America’s Newsroom on Fox News, Republican Senator Tom Cotton called for the resignation or impeachment of Attorney General Merrick Garland over protests at SCOTUS homes.
“There’s an explicit federal law against protesting in front of the homes of judges or jurors,” the senator declared. “Yet again, the feckless and hapless Attorney General Merrick Garland did nothing even though he had advance knowledge.”
Cotton asserted, “he should resign in disgrace. And if he won’t resign in disgrace, then we should start impeachment proceedings against him in January when we are in control of Congress. Because the rule of law in this country must be enforced evenly, irrespective of one’s political parties and views.”
It’s likely Cotton was referring to 18 U.S.C. § 1507, which prohibits “pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” are prohibited when done with the intent “of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice.”
The full statute states, “Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
Following the draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade being leaked to Politico, many protesters have gathered outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices after pro-abortion activists posted their home addresses online.
Tom Cotton refers to the guy who was arrested for threatening Kavanaugh as a “Democratic hitman” pic.twitter.com/Qx1732Ph2M
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 9, 2022
In fact, very recently, protesters showed up at the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh only hours after a man was arrested for an alleged assassination plot. The suspect was armed with a gun, knife, and pepper spray when arrested. The California man told law enforcement that he had traveled to Justice Kavanaugh’s Maryland home with the intent of breaking in, killing him, then killing himself. Its reported that he was deterred when he spotted US Marshals outside the home.
Now: Abortion Rights Activists return in rain to Brett Kavanaugh’s home, continuing their month’s long marathon of protests at SCOTUS homes. @RuthSentUs @OurRightsDC @downrightimp Their story: https://t.co/seYszDafoN pic.twitter.com/TjtJX7DjhW
— DCMediaGroup (@DCMediaGroup) June 9, 2022
A small group of pro-abortion protesters are outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home to demonstrate about the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Police formed a line in front of the home. pic.twitter.com/SdV4Rbrg44
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 8, 2022
The suspect asserted that he was angered over the Roe v. Wade leak as well as the recent tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
At this time, the maximum penalty for protests at the homes of the justices appears to be one year in jail, which is classified a misdemeanor.
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: