Blackburn, Colleagues Challenge DOJ’s Refusal To Charge Violent Protestors Threatening Supreme Court Justices

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and other committee Republicans in demanding an explanation for the Justice Department’s ongoing refusal to enforce a law restricting efforts to influence pending judicial decisions.  Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. code criminalizes parading or picketing in front of the homes of judges with the intent to influence pending litigation.

“These unprosecuted, illegal protests allowed a deranged young man to figure out where Justice Kavanaugh lived with enough precision that he showed up in front of his house at 1 a.m. with a Glock, a crowbar, zip ties, and silent boots,” the senators wrote in a letter today to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“We want to know why you aren't prosecuting these Section 1507 violations. We are aware that President Biden has endorsed home protests for Justices, but as you told us repeatedly, your decisions whom to prosecute would not be decided by the White House. Is White House policy keeping you from bringing charges? If not, tell us,” they continued.

Along with Blackburn, McConnell, and Grassley, the letter was signed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Full text of the letter is available HERE.