A bill named the “Protecting Our Supreme Court Justices Act” is being introduced by a group of 10 Republican Senators, led by Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, in order to prevent activists from intimidating Supreme Court judges. The proposed legislation seeks to raise the prison sentence for violating a federal law that restricts efforts to influence a judge’s decision-making process from one to five years. Blackburn argues that this bill will convey a message that the Biden administration has failed to communicate, highlighting how the liberal mob has gone to great lengths to unlawfully target those with whom they disagree, including intimidating judges even at their private residences, as was observed last summer after the Dobbs decision leak.
The GOP won’t tolerate people intimidating SCOTUS https://t.co/cb5EkEkSLa
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 2, 2023
There is a concerning lack of arrests for the protesters who targeted the justices, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not given any guidance on enforcing the statute. Blackburn believes that the “Protecting Our Supreme Court Justices Act” will discourage justices’ intimidation and send a message that they should be able to carry out their duties without fear for their safety or that of their families. At present, marshals have been instructed not to apprehend protestors outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and to avoid criminal enforcement actions unless they are absolutely necessary.
INBOX: @MarshaBlackburn leads 10 other Republican senators by introducing the Protect Our Supreme Court Justices Act.
Inspired by post-Dobbs leak protest, the bill increases the maximum prison penalty for violating Section 1507 from one year to five years. pic.twitter.com/iQm1RNZMdz
— Kaelan Deese (@KaelanDC) May 1, 2023
The protests that occurred outside the homes of conservative justices last year lasted for several months and resulted in an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. These events emphasized the need for improved safety measures. Justice Samuel Alito, who was also targeted by the intimidation tactics, made remarks indicating that the majority in the Dobbs decision were at risk of assassination. These comments underscore the necessity of the “Protecting Our Supreme Court Justices Act.”
Despite the growing number of reports about violence and intimidation directed at Supreme Court judges, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members have arranged a hearing to examine the ethical standards of the Supreme Court. However, Chief Justice John Roberts declined to participate in the hearing. Roberts acknowledges that safety must be a priority when discussing ethics, especially since judges at all levels are facing increased threats to their personal safety. The danger is even more pronounced for Supreme Court judges due to the high-profile nature of the cases they preside over.