Nicholas John Roske, a 26-year-old man, was arrested Wednesday morning near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and charged with attempted murder, according to multiple reports.
He was armed with a handgun, tactical knife, and pepper spray at the time of his arrest and told police he planned to kill Kavanaugh to give his life “purpose,” according to a federal affidavit. Roske told investigators he was dismayed by a leaked draft advisory that showed the court was likely to overthrow Roe v. Wade and the recent shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
Democrats have been slow to condemn threats and intimidation of judges after a leaked draft opinion showed the court was likely to topple Roe, initially reported by Politico. They apologized and, in one case, encouraged protests in front of judges’ private homes after the pro-abortion group “Ruth Sent Us” published what it believes are the home addresses of the six conservatives in court.
According to the affidavit, Roske told authorities he found Kavanaugh’s address online.
The White House declined to condemn the protests and would not say if it wanted them to change the judges’ minds about the decision. Demonstrations outside judges’ homes, including Kavanaugh’s, continued the night after the attempted murder.
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The White House turned around a week after the draft opinion was leaked, condemning any “violence, threats or vandalism” by protesters on May 9 and then explicitly encouraging protesters to continue demonstrating outside the judges’ homes the following day. According to The Washington Post, it is illegal to occupy a judge’s residence to influence their rulings, according to several legal experts.
While Republicans vocally condemned the protests, most Democrats who spoke to the press about the matter had no objection to them, Politico said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a news conference on May 10 that he had no problem with protests outsidejudges’ homess.
“Are you satisfied with the protests we saw outside the homes of Supreme Court justices this past weekend?” a reporter asked.
“If protests are peaceful, Yes. There are protests outside my house 3-4 times a week,” he said.
Schumer previously threatened conservative judges in a 2020 speech as the court considered another abortion case.
‘I want to tell you, Gorsuch; I want to tell you, Kavanaugh; You have unleashed the whirlwind and will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you continue with these terrible decisions,” Schumer said.
Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen challenged the court to overthrow Roe, suggesting it would spark a revolution in November 2021.
“I think if you want to see a revolution, go ahead, ban Roe v. Wade, and see what the reaction is,” she said.
U.S. deputy marshals saw Roske exit a taxi around 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, dressed in black and carrying a backpack and briefcase, according to the affidavit. The local police then got a call from someone who identified himself as Roske, who said he was suicidal, armed with a gu,n, and planning to kill a Supreme Court judge.
Local police were quickly dispatched and arrested Roske while he was still on the phone, according to the affidavit. Authorities seized his luggage, including zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail punch, and several other items.
According to The Washington Post, Roske told U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan that he was taking medication but had a clear enough mind to understand the procedure during a court appearance on Wednesday. He agreed to be held until his trial and waived his right to a hearing.
The White House, Schumer, and Shaheen did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. Ruth Sent Us did not comment but referred TheDCNF to a Twitter thread the group had written condemning violence in general while contesting reports that Roske was armed with a gun and called Kavanaugh “offensive” “alcoholic.”.
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