(READ) Watchdog sues police dept. for records re: protests at Supreme Court Justice homes

The watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) lawsuit for records from the Montgomery County Police Department concerning the unlawful protests that took place outside the homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

According to Judicial Watch, the history of the case began on May 2, 2022 when Politico published a leaked draft what would soon be the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (No. 19-1392). It was a decision that would overturn the court’s pro-abortion decisions Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1971)) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (505 U.S. 833 (1992)).

After the leak of the Dobbs draft opinion, protesters targeted the conservative justices’ homes in violation of federal law, which prohibits “interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice … with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer.”

Several justices reportedly received death threats and, on June 8, 2022, an armed man was arrested outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Bethesda, He was charged with attempted murder.

Because the Dept. of Justice has refused to enforce the law prohibiting the protests, Senate Republicans accuse Attorney General Merrick Garland of politicizing the Justice Department and prosecuting conservatives more aggressively than liberals.

For more than a year, the Montgomery County Police Department has unlawfully stonewalled Judicial Watch’s request for records and communications with the Biden administration about the dangerous and illegal protests that were trying to intimidate Supreme Court justices at their homes.

Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch President

Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court after the Montgomery County Police failed to lawfully respond to a June 16, 2022, Public Information Act (PIA) request for the following information:

  • All records including email communications (including emails, complete email chains, and email attachments), memoranda, draft memoranda, reports, investigative reports, incident reports and other communications maintained by the Montgomery County Police Department and/or communicated with any of the below listed agencies, or employees of those agencies concerning protests, demonstrations, marches, pickets, or gatherings at the Montgomery County dwellings of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

(1) The U.S. Marshals Service (domain usdoj.gov)

(2) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (domain fbi.gov)

(3) The Department of Justice (domain justice.gov)

(4) Maryland State Police (domain maryland.gov)

(5) Maryland Attorney General’s Office (domain oag.state.md.gov)

Nobody was ever identified as the leaker of the Supreme Court decision and there has been no public interest expressed by federal officials to do so.

Read more here: Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Montgomery County Police Department 

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2 thoughts on “(READ) Watchdog sues police dept. for records re: protests at Supreme Court Justice homes”

  1. Using your substitution game ~ imagine if pro-life activists were peacefully praying (not shouting) outside the homes of SCJ Sonia Sotomayor, or SCJ Elena Kagan. Definitely a different scenario would ensue.

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