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Attorney General Garland Orders US Marshals to Beef Up Security for Supreme Court Justices Following Request by Maryland and Virginia Governors

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the U.S. Marshals Services to help provide security for Supreme Court justices, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The move follows a joint request to Garland by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) made earlier Wednesday to enforce federal law and enhance security for the justices in wake of protests at the homes of several justices the past week after the leak of a draft decision overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that would return abortion matters to the states.

Antifa marches on Northern Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito, May 9, 2022, screen image via Douglas Blair/Twitter.

Justice Department Statement regarding Supreme Court Security
The Justice Department today released the following statement from spokesman Anthony Coley:

“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.”

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Earlier Wednesday Governors Hogan and Youngkin sent a joint letter to Garland asking him to protect the justices and enforce federal law that prohibits protests at homes of judges intended to pressure or influence cases.

Also Wednesday, Youngkin called on Fairfax County to set security perimeters around the homes of the three justices who reside there: Alito, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett.



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