Why Marc Elrich Won’t Protect Supreme Court Justices

U.S. Marshals watch as abortion rights activists march outside the home of conservative Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett June 30 in Falls Church, Virginia.


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Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley has asked Montgomery County Executive Director Marc Elrich to enforce a local law against picketing in private homes. Two of the judges that abortion activists are protesting live in his Maryland suburbs. But at a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr Elrich made the startling claim that Ms Curley was political.

“If the majority of the court thinks this theatrics will distract people from shredding the constitution, they fail to understand how seriously we take our rights,” said Mr. Elrich, who is an elected Democrat. What an almost unbelievable statement. One of his constituents, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was threatened by an armed would-be assassin last month.

Why do you bring politics and Roe v. calf at all, since it’s about security? “Because it’s not about safety,” answered Mr. Elrich. He said he found out about the Marshal’s letter through the press and that the district still hadn’t received it in the mail: “It seemed to me to be basically just a fuss, maybe a bit like an answer to the fact that we reacted quite negatively to the court decision.”

Montgomery County law prohibits picketing “in front of or adjacent to private residences.” Marches are allowed as long as they do not stop at specific houses. Ms. Curley says activists remain in judges’ homes for up to half an hour. “I haven’t actually seen any direct evidence that people stayed there for 20 to 30 minutes,” a county worker said, “and when we speak to our police officers, they tell us that’s not happening.” So there seems to be a disagreement on the facts.” He said police are trying to keep people moving while respecting “a balance” with the right to protest.

Activists can drum to their hearts’ content at the Supreme Court. But according to Mr. Elrich it would be too . . . dictatorial? “I think all you have to do is look at Putin’s Russia and get an idea of ​​where you don’t want to go,” he said. “This idea that people can’t gather, and if you gather, you’ll be arrested and taken away – that’s not happening here. And we need to make sure people don’t use protests as an excuse to silence the opposition.”

With local leaders like this, an angry mob might be next in your neighborhood.

Wonderland: Democrats always seem on the verge of pushing politics into a state of civil unrest. Images: Getty Images/The Boston Globe Composite: Mark Kelly

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Appeared in the July 7, 2022 print edition as “The Man Who Fails to Defend Justice.” Why Marc Elrich Won’t Protect Supreme Court Justices

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