Growing pressure to enforce law prohibiting picketing the justices’ homes

| June 13, 2022

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Although the left believes that it’s a good idea to picket outside of the homes of the justices, federal law prohibits them from doing so. Merrick Garland is facing pressure to enforce this law. The left sees this as a first amendment issue; however, Bill Barr argues that protests are subject to reasonable restrictions.

From Fox News:

Former Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr told Fox News Digital that the “law is crystal clear” and that “protests at a judge’s residence to influence a judge is a federal crime, and the law should be enforced.”

“The Administration’s talking point that it supports the First Amendment is a non-answer,” Barr said in an email. “The right to protest has always been subject to reasonable ‘time, place, and manner’ restrictions, like the federal law prohibiting demonstrations outside a judge’s residence.”

“Demonstrations in violation of the statute are not legitimate First Amendment activity,” he continued.

Conservative legal group Judicial Crisis Network concurred with the former attorney general, telling Fox News Digital that the protests are illegal and that picketing outside of justices’ residents can potentially affect the impartiality of the court.

“The relevant federal statute prohibits pickets and parades in front of a judge’s home, including for the purpose of influencing a judge,” Judicial Crisis Network executive director Carrie Severino told Fox News Digital. “I would love to know why Merrick Garland is refusing to enforce this law as protesters continue to gather at the justices’ private residences — especially after the apparent attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh.”

The DOJ’s response to the protests at justices’ homes has drawn attention on Capitol Hill as well.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., blasted Garland as “a partisan hack who should resign in disgrace for dereliction of duty.”

“A Democratic hitman tried to murder Justice Kavanaugh and his family. On the same day, left-wing street militias announced publicly they would picket his residence and the homes of other conservative justices,” Cotton told Fox News Digital. “This act of intimidation is a clear violation of federal law and Merrick Garland has done nothing.”

Fox News has the article here.

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tom reynolds

My worthless senator (Schumer) should be the first arrested.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Suuuuuuure. If 2A is (KOFF!) “subject” (KOFF!) to (KOFF!) “common sense” (KOFF!) laws, then so is the 1A.

(don’t tell the Libtards this, but this is the “slippery slope” that all conservatives have been warning about. pass (un)”reasonable” restrictions on any one of the BoR, then all the BoR are subject to (un)”reasonable” restrictions)

Yep. Gots me a nasty koff. What to do about it? Maybe some of Dr Traffic’s “Good Old Fashioned Medicated Goo”

So follow me, it’s good for you
That good ole fashion medicated goo
Ooh – ooh ain’t it good for you
My own home recipe will see you through

Commissioner Wretched

You could always try this …

Roh-Dog

Nice! But I’ll stick to cocaine.

https://youtu.be/KWmD_HcOcfU or https://youtu.be/CWE6LPCs4ns

Roh-Dog

The system allows itself the privilege of giving you <1% on your savings, yet inflation is 8+% is an immoral one. You expect The They to now step up to the plate to ensure any modicum of justice?!

“800 criminals” violating the sanctum, ~150 political prisoners… Garland ain’t doing shit to his covert functionaries, in fact I see someone ‘accidentally’ leaving a gap in coverage to Pelican Brief one(or more)-of-nine.

5 bucks says it’ll get mucho mucho badero

Enjoy the flunkin SHOW!

SFC D

I recall seeing an article not too long ago stating that picketing and protesting outside of anyone’s home is illegal in VA, where I understand most of the supremes live. Garland is enforcing federal law exactly the same way that liberal/progressive cities enforce their laws. They don’t.

rgr769

Correct. If these were crowds of conservative/Republican protesters marching outside the homes of any of the three prog justices, the new American STASI (Fan Belt Inspectors) would already have them rounded up and facing over a year of pre-trial confinement.

A Proud Infidel®™

American Stasi? Oh, you mean the DNC’s KGB!

SFC D

You mean that masked, khaki-clad mob in the U-Haul truck in Coeur d’Alene?

poetrooper

Counselor, the primary question in ol’ Poe’s mind is why isn’t our less than esteemed Chief Justice speaking out in defense of his colleagues? Or for that matter, why aren’t the liberal justices defending their conservative brethren as they would expect were the roles reversed?

Taking it a step further, doesn’t the high court possess its own contempt powers that could be employed against DoJ officials, compelling them to enforce the laws? 🤔 

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Fyrfighter

Because the Chief Justice is at a minimum a cuck owned by the dims, and the leftist judges on the court are secretly applauding these actions.. it’s only a matter of time before their applause is in the open.
None of the three leftist women “serving” on the court are in the least qualified for such a position, and their actions prove it on a daily basis.

UpNorth

One important point, Fyrfighter, only two of the female justices are unfit for their positions, the other female is Amy Coney Barrett and she’s certainly qualified to be there.

rgr769

Yes, and the one Brandon just appointed doesn’t even know how to define a woman. We can all tell how she is going to vote on critical cases. He might as well have nominated AOC.

Factoid: One does not need to be a licensed attorney or a judge to be appointed to the Supremes. The appointment provision of the Constitution is silent on any qualification requirements.

rgr769

Because, IMHO, the Deep State has something on him and has the power to influence his conduct, including how he votes. Exhibit A is how he changed his vote on 0bama-care.

poetrooper

Yep…he’s a total  💩 bird…

Anonymous

But, of course…

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Berliner

18 U.S. Code § 1507 – Picketing or paradingWhoever, 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.

Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.
(Added Sept. 23, 1950, ch. 1024, title I, § 31(a), 64 Stat. 1018; amended Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(K), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

Berliner

1994—Pub. L. 103–322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $5,000” in first par.

Merrick Garland is only enforcing laws that benefit the left. He knows when President Dementia goes to the Delaware Nursing Home for good he’ll be out of a job. 🤓 

ninja

Joe Concha NAILED it about an hour ago on Fox Business:

“Concha: Democrats Are Losing On Every Issue”.

4 minute video well worth watching:

MustangCryppie

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but anyone who didn’t know that Biden was going to be a disaster has been asleep for the past 40 plus years.

Deckie

The buyer’s remorse on him is strong. He is without a doubt the worst president in American history — an inept, incompetent disgrace with zero positive impacts on the country since 1972.

But thanks for finally showing us who you really are, democrats! If he was the best you had for 2020 you’re screwed going forward.

Anonymous

I didn’t vote for Biden in ’20 and won’t in ’24 either.

Sapper3307

2024

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AZRobert

I wonder if any of justices are thinking if only we gave Standing to those States we could be listening to Steely Dan’s new song…”RICO don’t lose those ballots”…about now and having a Bar-B-Q…

KoB

“…a partisan hack who should resign in disgrace for dereliction of duty.” That describes pretty much most of the fed.gov. Resign my ass. Jump into a woodchipper, IMHO, would be a better action.

Maybe the Justices being protested should exercise their 2A rights and do a little protesting against the protestors 1A rights. “I felt threatened…I was in fear for my life…I want my lawer.”

Soros grins.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

This shit is like a sore pecker, you cannot beat it.

poetrooper

And in other legal matters, the sleazy porn lawyer appears to be throwing in the towel:

Michael Avenatti offers to plead guilty in remaining criminal case | Reuters

Some sites are saying this could put him away for life… 😝 

rgr769

If he is convicted on all counts, he very well could end up with a sentence of over 40 years, which would be for life for him. But that would require that many sentences be served consecutively, rather than concurrently. He is simply trying to lawer his way out of the offenses that will get him the most prison time. He will likely try for dismissal of all the charges that will get him ten more years in the slammer as a condition to pleas to lesser crimes. The case has been divided into two separate trials. First up in July is the trial of all the crimes committed against his clients where he embezzled their settlement funds. Those include federal mail and wire fraud charges from his lies to clients about where is their money. The second trial is for all his federal tax fraud charges and his defrauding of several banks on loans he obtained. These also include more federal wire and mail fraud charges.

A Proud Infidel®™

I wonder if he has to offer up his ass at showertime and desserts at chowtime for “protection” from Bubba & Thor?

rgr769

I should add that according to the LA Times, Avenatti’s 36 counts of crimes carry a total of 335 years of incarceration. So, he is terrified he will spend the rest of this life in federal prison, unless he can negotiate a plea deal where he has a hope of getting out of the pound before he turns 80.

Smitty

Forget Merrick Garland, where is the Marshal of the Supreme Court? She has her own police force to protect the justices. Why isn’t she doing her job?

Forrest Bondurant

Dems don’t understand that enforcement of the law (or passage of one that provides security for all justices of the Supreme Court) extends to even liberal judges.

Libs would lose their shit if conservatives started to protest in front of liberal judges’ homes.

Old tanker

Funny how the empty shell potus says the 2nd is not absolute, yet supports the right to protest fully. It’s almost like his handlers are picking and choosing which of the Bill of Rights they like.

rgr769

But Brandon believes one purported Constitutional “right” is absolute–the “right” to an abortion.