The Department of Justice stated Wednesday that Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the US Marshals to ramp up protection for the Supreme Court and its justices, Fox News informed.
Following a leaked majority view indicating the court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court and many conservative justices have encountered increased threats.
Outside the now-fenced-in Supreme Court building, there have been near-constant protests, as well as periodic rallies outside the houses of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil Gorsuch.
DOJ said that the Attorney General instructed the US Marshals Service to assist the Supreme Court Marshal and Supreme Court Police in ensuring the protection of the Justices,” adding that Garland is constantly getting updates on the situation.
Garland’s directive came just days after the Senate agreed overwhelmingly to strengthen Supreme Court security, though the House of Representatives has yet to vote on the matter.
Last week, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced the Supreme Court Police Parity Act.
Cornyn said that the attempts by the Radical Left to intimidate Supreme Court Justices are sadly nothing new, but they are dangerous nonetheless,” adding that if these protests turn violent, we must protect the Justices and their families.”
Individuals who impede or obstruct the Supreme Court’s ability to perform its functions are subject to arrest under the legislation, which also sets a criminal penalty for those who do so.
On Monday, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a mild response to the protests at the residences of Supreme Court justices, as well as vandalism against the churches and the anti-abortion organizations in the country.
She said that she understands the drive, and also understands the enthusiasm and the concerns some people might have, adding that the position of the president on this issue is that the protests should be peaceful.