A group of costumed protesters descended on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home and were delivered a message. A neighbor said the stragglers should “go home and get a family.”
The unidentified man added that the demonstrators have the right to protest, but not in front of the Supreme Court justice’s house. He added it was none of their business, so “why are they here?”
One protestor pulled a colorful wagon proclaiming “We are proud Antifa scum.” A grand total of seven convened at Justice Barrett’s home in Falls Church, Virginia, on Wednesday, a much smaller gathering that appeared at the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito.
As protests go, this gathering was rather polite. When asked what they would say to Barrett if she came outside during their demonstration, the presumed leader said not much because they “don’t want to be rude.”
One protester, clad in the familiar red robe and white bonnet featured in Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale,” declared that it was not a protest. Rather, they said, they were doing performance art.
Still, the list of examples of leftist violence when there’s even a possibility they may not get their way is long and growing. So there’s legitimate concern when unhinged costumed liberals show up in the front yard and it’s not Halloween.
Not to mention the fact that it’s illegal.
The federal statute which applies is not slightly vague. It is illegal to attempt to influence “any judge” with “pickets or parades in or near” a residence a judge either lives in or uses. These four justices are targeted at their residences. The clear and obvious intent is to influence. It is illegal.
Even the Washington Post admits the demonstrations at the homes of Supreme Court justices are “probably illegal.” That in itself is a scoop worth leaking.
Whatever the case, the leak of the draft opinion published by Politico May 2 continues to roil the debate over abortion. In the draft majority opinion, Alito wrote that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong from the start.” He called the foundation for the decision “exceptionally weak.”
The ruling by the Supreme Court is expected in June or July. The reaction to the leaked draft comes even as court watchers already presumed that the decision would go against Roe. If it does, the focus will return to the states and away from illegal attempts to influence and intimidate justices.