U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the U.S. Marshals Services to help provide security for Supreme Court justices, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The move follows a joint request to Garland by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) made earlier Wednesday to enforce federal law and enhance security for the justices in wake of protests at the homes of several justices the past week after the leak of a draft decision overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that would return abortion matters to the states.
Antifa marches on Northern Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito, May 9, 2022, screen image via Douglas Blair/Twitter.
There is an Antifa and black bloc presence at the protest. pic.twitter.com/DRWfeeMagw
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 9, 2022
Justice Department Statement regarding Supreme Court Security
The Justice Department today released the following statement from spokesman Anthony Coley:
“Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices. The Attorney General directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the Justices’ safety by providing additional support to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police.”
Earlier Wednesday Governors Hogan and Youngkin sent a joint letter to Garland asking him to protect the justices and enforce federal law that prohibits protests at homes of judges intended to pressure or influence cases.
Today, @GovernorVA and I sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on the Department of Justice to provide adequate resources to keep the Supreme Court justices and their families safe amid ongoing protests at their homes. pic.twitter.com/6D0bMGSp3q
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 11, 2022
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) May 11, 2022
Also Wednesday, Youngkin called on Fairfax County to set security perimeters around the homes of the three justices who reside there: Alito, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett.
UPDATE: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee also sent a letter to Garland on Wednesday calling for protection of the justices and enforcement of the law against the illegal protests.
Grassley Calls on Justice Dept. to Enforce Law & Protect Justices as White House Remains Muted on Threats to Supreme Court https://t.co/DqBd0puLjE
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) May 11, 2022