Over 40 House Republicans push resolution to condemn SCOTUS opinion leak, protests in front of justices' homes

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 05/16/2022
FIRST ON FOX: House GOP Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson and 40 other Republicans Thursday are introducing a resolution decrying protests in front of Supreme Court justices' homes, amid demonstrations over an upcoming abortion ruling. 

The resolution also condemns the leak of a draft opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which Politico reported last week. The unprecedented leak revealed that the Supreme Court likely has enough votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The resolution from Johnson, R-La., begins by expressing "support for the enforcement of section 1507 of title 18, United States Code, with respect to protests outside the homes of sitting Supreme Court Justices."

That federal law makes it illegal to "picket or parade" outside a courthouse or a judge's residence "with the intent of influencing any judge… in the discharge of his duty."

Republicans called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce that law all week. Garland and the DOJ were initially silent on the matter but addressed the protests in a statement Wednesday. 

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