(RightIsRight.co) – President Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, has refused to assume responsibility for not prosecuting leftist protesters threatening the homes of conservative US Supreme Court justices.
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Garland insisted that responsibility lay with federal marshals who had the power to arrest any protesters but decided not to.
The homes of the six conservative Supreme Court justices in Maryland and Virginia have been targeted by protesters since last May when a draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which in June, overturned Roe v. Wade and allowed state-level abortion bans.
“You just said yes, it’s a crime to protest at the home of a judge. Same goes for jurors, by the way, with the intent of influencing a case,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Garland.
“But in the wake of the leak of the Dobbs decision, when rioters descended on the homes of six Supreme Court justices, night after night after night, you did nothing. The Department [of Justice] did nothing,” Cruz added.
He asked the attorney general several times whether even one of those protesters had been prosecuted.
“Why are you unwilling to say no? You know it’s ‘no.’ I know it’s ‘no.’ Everyone in this hearing room knows it’s ‘no.’ You’re not willing to answer the question. How do you decide which criminal statutes the DOJ enforces and which ones it doesn’t?” Cruz continued.
In response, Garland stressed that he had become the first US attorney general to send US marshals to protect the justices.
However, he claimed it was up to those marshals to decide whether to arrest protesters.
“The marshals on scene make that determination,” Garland stated, as cited by The National Review.
“The marshals do not make a determination over whether to prosecute. You, the attorney general, make a determination. You spent 20 years as a judge and you’re perfectly content with justices being afraid for their children’s lives,” Republican US Senator Ted Cruz reacted.
The report noted that Democrats defended the protest at the homes of the Supreme Court justices if those were peaceful.
The Justice Department has prosecuted a man plotting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but no protesters have been charged.
During his first hearing before the 118th US Congress, Biden’s Attorney General Garland was grilled by several senators on alleged double standards towards anti-abortion activists.
They asked him why many pro-life Americans had been prosecuted on his watch for blocking abortion clinics, but the DOJ had gone after few of those who had attacked pro-life pregnancy centers.
Garland explained that the cases with anti-abortion protesters occurred during the day, while the latter happened at night, and the attackers often did not get found.
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