Police in Maryland begin thwarting protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes

After weeks of protests outside the homes of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh decrying the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that ended a national right to abortion, police in Montgomery County, Maryland, have begun enforcing federal laws aimed at protecting federal judges.

Protesters are still allowed to protest peacefully outside the Maryland homes of Roberts and Kavanaugh in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, but they must do so quietly, CNN reported. The enforcement came after police received a “flood” of complaints from nearby residents, who have endured two months of protests.

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Protesters can come and go quietly, but they cannot bring bullhorns and cannot bring out drums or scream in the street. Failure to abide by the federal statute aimed at protecting federal judges could result in arrest.

“Please note: MCPD supports the first amendment right to protest, however anyone violating the disorderly conduct statute, may be subject to arrest. Applicable laws regarding protests in Montgomery County have been added to the MCPD website,” the Montgomery County Police Department tweeted Wednesday evening.

On July 1, the Supreme Court’s chief security officer, Gail Curley, sent a letter to Maryland and Virginia officials, urging them to enforce laws against the protesters outside the homes of several conservative Supreme Court justices. He stressed that “threatening activity” has increased in recent months in light of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Curley pointed out that Maryland law provides that “a person may not intentionally assemble with another in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to tranquility in the person’s home.” Punishment for breaking this law carries imprisonment for 90 days, a $100 fine, or both.

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