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Republican senators are stepping up pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland to bring to justice those involved in protests outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last week, just hours after the man was charged with planning his assassination.

“We remain puzzled by the lack of prosecutions under section 18 of 1507 USC. We understand that the policy of the Department of Justice is not to discuss any ongoing or potential investigations, but this is an urgent matter of national importance. wrote Senators John F. Kennedy of Louisiana, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Chuck Grassley of Iowa in a letter to Garland.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a press conference on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the Department of Justice in Washington.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a press conference on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the Department of Justice in Washington.
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Section 18, Section 1507 is a federal law that prohibits protests near a judge’s building or residence with the intention of influencing them. The purpose of the law is to preserve the independence of the judiciary.

Last Thursday, 26-year-old Nicholas Roske of California was arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill Judge Kavanaugh over what he expected to be Kavanaugh’s decision in a Supreme Court case that could potentially decide the fate of Roe v. Wade. Later that evening, protesters staged a raucous demonstration outside Kavanaugh’s house with chants and drums.

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The demonstrations were one burst of such activity in response to a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that said the court was on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. In the weeks following its publication, pregnancy protection centers also came under attack.

“The duty of a judge—or justice—is to follow and apply the law. in his opinion. Senators wrote: their judgment It equates.”

A group of drummers marched outside Kavanaugh's home after the alleged assassination attempt.

A group of drummers marched outside Kavanaugh’s home after the alleged assassination attempt.
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“Given these important differences, it is only fitting that Congress ban the march and picketing of judges’ houses to influence their decisions. This is a measure that preserves the independence of the judiciary,” the legislators explained.

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sass of Nebraska, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Tom Tillis of North Carolina and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee also signed the letter.

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The Senators’ statement to A. G. Garland came a day after Senator Hawley of Missouri demanded that Garland explain why the Justice Department did not take additional action against the protesters.

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