Protests erupted Friday in Washington after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and bigger disruptions are possible. Yet so far the Justice Department has refused to enforce federal law to keep the peace at the personal homes of the Justices. That’s despite a request by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
“Hundreds of demonstrators have recently chosen to picket Supreme Court Justices at their homes in Virginia and Maryland,” the two Governors wrote last month to Attorney General Merrick Garland. As they pointed out, there’s a law that prohibits attempting to influence federal judges by picketing “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge.” Violations are punishable by a year in prison.