SCOTUS Asks For Increased Funding For Police Protection After Abortion Activists Target Justices

The Supreme Court has asked for significant extra funding for police protection in the wake of abortion activists targeting SCOTUS judges because of the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court submitted its budget request to Congress last week and asked for an increase of $5,897,000 for additional security.

This request would expand security activities conducted by Supreme Court Police to protect the Justices, SCOTUS wrote. “On-going threat assessments show evolving risks that require continuous protection. Additional funding would provide for contract positions, eventually transitioning to full-time employees, that will augment capabilities of the Supreme Court police force and allow it to accomplish its protective mission.”

In May 2022, POLITICO released a leaked draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson that indicated SCOTUS would overturn Roe. The next month, a California man was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and charged with attempted murder. The assailant was “upset” by the leaked draft indicating that SCOTUS would overturn Roe, according to an affidavit, which said that he “stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice.”
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