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The conservative legal rights organization Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is set to run three separate ads criticizing Democratic senators ahead of November’s midterm elections.
The ads call out Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) as part of JCN’s $10 million campaign to sue Democratic senators over attacks on judges of the Supreme Court. Threats against judges increased dramatically following the leak of the draft opinion on the landmark Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in May.
The three ads calling out Cortez Masto, Warnock and Senate Democrats as a whole include audio of the 911 phone call made by Nicholas John Roske, a 26-year-old California resident who pleaded not guilty on June 22 to a count charge of attempted murder. Supreme Court Justice.
“Do you plan to hurt anyone, including yourself? the 911 dispatcher is heard asking in the ad.
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“Brett Kavanaugh. Supreme Court Justice,” Roske replied, tagged as “Liberal Gunman” in the ad.
The dispatcher continues to ask Roske if he has any weapons, to which Roske replies that he has a gun, pepper spray, and a knife. The dispatcher ends the call by asking if Roske intended to hurt the judge, to which Roske says, “Correct.”
The ads end by declaring that Kavanaugh’s assassination attempt should “have been a tipping point” for the senators, finally convincing them to stand up to “the mob.”
The House passed a bill in June in a 396-27 vote to increase security for U.S. Supreme Court justices and their immediate families, after it was passed unanimously by the Senate just three days after Politico leaked the draft opinion.
The bill provides judges with round-the-clock protection, similar to the protection given to other high-profile figures in other branches of government. The legislation also allows Supreme Court police to arrest those who interfere with the Court’s ability to carry out its functions while creating a criminal sanction for those who obstruct or impede their functions.
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Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, previously introduced a bill extending those protections to other court personnel, including clerks, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. , advised against him, saying he was unlikely to make it through the Senate.
The Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative media watchdog, found that many far-left groups threatening Supreme Court justices, as well as other pro-life groups, remained active on Twitter despite the platform’s hateful conduct policy.
In the two weeks following the Dobbs ruling, the MRC found 67 posts on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram between June 24 and July 8 calling for violence and threatening judges. Twitter was found to have the most violent posts from the platforms.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently came under fire in the Dobbs ruling, following the announcement that he would teach a course at George Washington University Law School. Students have protested the new role of justice, with many calling for Thomas to be fired because of his role in the Dobbs decision.
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Thomas ultimately said he was “unavailable to co-teach the seminar” via an email sent by Thomas’ expected co-lecturer, Gregory Maggs.
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The Supreme Court is currently in summer recess and will resume in early October. Its opening conference is currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, according to the tribunal’s term schedule. The court is expected to hear cases ranging from congressional redistricting, affirmative action in college admissions and the Clean Water Act.