Leading With Integrity: DeSantis Proves Again Why He Is The Best Governor In America

By Jacob Taylor | Thursday, 19 May 2022 10:40
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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a bill Monday night banning people from picketing or demonstrating outside of private residences in the state.

The bill, HB 1571, which will permit law enforcement to transfer warnings to people picketing or protesting, comes in response to recent abortion rights protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in Virginia and Maryland.

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said in a news release. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”

If people do not heed warnings from law enforcement to “peaceably disperse,” they could be arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, the release says. Those who violate the law will face 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500.

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The law will take effect Oct. 1.

Supreme Court Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was verified by the Senate last month, said Monday that she was “shocked” by the leak of a draft decision that showed the high court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade — but refused to speak out against an outbreak of demonstrations at the homes of her future colleagues.

“Everybody who is familiar with the court and how it works was shocked by that,” Jackson told the Washington Post of the unprecedented disclosure of the draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. “Such a departure from normal order.”

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But when asked if she thought the leak was “a good thing or a bad thing,” Jackson clammed up, saying: “I can’t answer that.”

When asked about the protests that sparked almost immediately after Politico published the Alito draft, Jackson was even less forthcoming.

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“I don’t have any comments,” she told the newspaper. Protests initially took place outside the Supreme Court building after publishing the draft opinion on May 2. Pro-abortion activists soon moved their demonstrations to the homes of the six Conservative justices on the court.

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Republicans and Conservatives insisted that the Justice Department crackdown on the protests, mentioning a federal law forbidding demonstrations “with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” and a Virginia statute barring protests outside private homes.

Though Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered U.S. Marshals to provide extra protection for both the justices and the Supreme Court building itself, the White House refused to call off the protesters — with then-press secretary Jen Psaki only saying that they should be peaceful.

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