The bill was initially delayed in the House of Representatives as Democrats sought to further expand the measure to include protections for families of court employees.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday that will provide around-the-clock security protection for the families of Supreme Court justices.
The new law, passed by the House of Representatives this week and the Senate last month, comes eight days after a man was arrested with a gun, knife and zip ties near Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s home after threatening to kill the killing judges.
The bill, which called for expanding security protections, passed unanimously in the Senate and passed shortly after the leak of a court opinion draft that included Roe v. would override Wade and severely limit abortion rights in about half the states.
Supporters of the legislation said threats to the judiciary have since increased, with protesters sometimes gathering outside their homes. The US Marshals gave the judges 24-hour protection. The new law extends this protection to their families.
The bill was initially delayed in the House of Representatives as Democrats sought to extend the measure to protect families of court employees.
Republicans ramped up pressure to pass the proposal after the arrest of Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, Calif., at Kavanaugh’s home. Roske was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on a single count of attempted murder of a United States judge. Prosecutors say he traveled from California to the judge’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with intent to kill Kavanaugh.
According to court documents, U.S. Marshals stationed outside Kavanaugh’s home saw a person later identified as Roske exit a taxi that had pulled up outside the residence just after 1 a.m. Roske was reportedly dressed in black and carried a backpack and suitcase. When Roske saw the marshals, they said, he turned and walked down the street.
A short time later, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call from someone posing as Roske, saying, “He was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase.” Kill US Supreme Court Justices.
The House passed the law Tuesday, 396-27. Democrats said they would pursue protections for families of court employees separately.
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