If a conservative justice of the Supreme Court is hurt or worse the blood will be squarely on the hands of Joe Biden and the Democrats. Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, explains the situation.

Severino: It is hard to believe that only a month and a half has passed since the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion for the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade. With all the threats to Supreme Court justices, crisis pregnancy centers, and churches packed into the ensuing weeks, it feels like the operation of a years-long campaign of siege and bombardment by pro-Choice radicals who have gone largely unleashed.

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Just days after the leak, the dark-money group “Ruth Sent Us” posted a map of the six Republican-appointed justices’ homes and offered to pay people to protest there. They urged protesters, “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church” on Mother’s Day and joined a broader, week-long “Mother’s Day Strike” with the stated mission: “Break the economy. By abstaining from work, shopping, entertaining; and on the home front, running a household that would fall apart without your care.”

Another group, ShutDownDC, which conducts blockades of roads for a variety of left-wing causes, rallied their followers to the targeted justices’ homes as well as a blockade of the streets around the Court, with a “jail support liaison” on hand “who can meet arrested folks” upon their release. The Supreme Court Building now has eight-foot wire fencing around it for the first time in its history.

The demonstrations at the targeted justices’ private residences were inherently threatening, an attempt to pressure them into a judicial ruling that also happens to be illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 1507. But anyone expecting Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department to enforce the law would be mistaken. Contrast that with Garland’s focus on treating parents who are concerned about their children’s education like potential terrorists.

Perhaps this reflects that the White House has tacitly endorsed the protests. When asked about taking demonstrations to the homes of the justices and their families, White House press secretary Jen Psaki notoriously refused to object to it, let alone acknowledge its illegality. Psaki had once worked for the far-left dark-money group Demand Justice, which applauded the leak of the Dobbs opinion draft in the first place.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cheered on the protests, proclaiming that “we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that he was comfortable with protests at the justices’ homes as long as they were peaceful. He added, “The American way to peacefully protest is OK,” and then joked as a call came to his cell phone from his wife, “Maybe there’s a protest outside.” Schumer might have better appreciated the problem if he were sitting on the bench making judicial decisions instead of occupying the elective office.

This piece was written by Jim Gunner on June 21, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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