Calif. man charged with attempted murder of Justice Kavanaugh

Erin Schaff/Pool via AP Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2021. Seated from left, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Standing from left, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

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Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2021.

UPDATED 11:35 AM PT – Thursday, June 9, 2022

A California man has been charged with attempted murder after being arrested outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home. According to authorities, 26-year-old Nicholas Roske was taken into custody early Wednesday morning while armed with a gun, knife, pepper spray and burglary tools.

Roske told detectives he was upset about the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade as well as the recent wave of violence across the country and was there to kill Kavanaugh. Back in his community of Simi Valley, California, the local police executed a search warrant on his home to find anything that could be linked to his arrest. Officers said they did not have any previous run-ins with Roske aside from a traffic stop.

If convicted, Roske could face up to 20-years in a federal prison.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is considering legislation to provide security to immediate family members of Supreme Court justices. The Senate passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act back in early May amid threats against justices over the leaked draft opinion concerning Roe v. Wade.

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the floor of the upper chamber to call for the House to take action after Roske was arrested outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home.

“This is exactly, exactly the kind of event that many feared that the terrible breach of the court’s rules and norms could fuel,” stated the Kentucky Republican. “This is exactly the kind of event that many worried the unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric from prominent figures toward the court going back many months, and especially in recent weeks, could make more likely.”

House Democrats may reportedly add a provision to the bill to provide protection to clerks and other staff. Reports have suggested House lawmakers will move to pass the bill in the near future.

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