Is Merrick Garland Still Pissed That He Did Not Make The Supreme Court?

By Charles Susswein | Sunday, 15 May 2022 12:00
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Attorney General Merrick Garland, once a candidate to be a justice on the high court, demanded the U.S. Marshals provide security for Supreme Court justices.

Stress about the justices’ safety has risen in the wake of public criticism of the leaked draft decision suggesting justices are prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

“Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices. The Attorney General directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the Justices’ safety by providing additional support to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police,” the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.

Details about the additional security steps taken have not been revealed.

The move comes amid a series of demonstrations outside several Justices’ homes calling the court to backtrack and keep abortion rights enshrined in the high court’s interpretation of the Constitution.

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The draft decision is not final. It shows the court plans to revoke the precedents set in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey that ensured women a constitutional right to an abortion, relegating the contentious issue back to the states.

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The Senate unanimously passed a bill to bolster security for the Supreme Court justices and their families earlier in the week. The bill would ensure justices get the same protections as top-ranking government officials, but it has not yet cleared the House. Top House Democrats have signaled support for similar legislation to boost security for the justices.

“Let me say emphatically: We need to protect Supreme Court justices and their families. We’re a nation of laws, not of violence, not of intimidation,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Wednesday.

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Republicans such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have expressed outrage over the protesters chanting near justices’ residences, denouncing the move as a bid to threaten the court. Some Democrats, however, such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have been comparatively neutral in their comments about the protests.

“My house, there’s protests three, four times a week outside my house. That’s the American way — to peacefully protest is OK,” Schumer said. “So as long as they are peaceful, that’s OK with me.”

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The Biden administration has echoed Schumer’s response, calling for the protests to remain peaceful.

Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered the court marshal to investigate the source of the leaked decision, published on May 2. The leaked draft decision for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case was authored by Justice Samuel Alito, and a final decision in the case is expected by July. The high court is reportedly still on track to overturn Roe and Casey despite the public anger.

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