House approves bill that would give police safety to families of SCOTUS judges: NPR

sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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House approves bill that would give police safety to families of SCOTUS judges: NPR

sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Patrick Semansky / AP

A bill that would provide security to families of Supreme Court justices passed this week by the House of Representatives and will now go to President Joe Biden for a decision.

The bill went ahead on Tuesday with 396 House members voting in favor of the legislation and 27 House members — all Democrats — voting against it.

The Supreme Court’s police parity law would provide police protection to the immediate families of the nine judges and other officers of the court if the “marshal determines that such protection is necessary,” the legislation says.

The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and passed unanimously by the Senate last month.

“Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated,” Cornyn said in an earlier statement.

Earlier this week, anti-Semitic flyers were found near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland, Montgomery County Police Department confirmed.

In May, a protest and vigil was staged at the home of Judge Samuel Alito over the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that, if unaltered, would be quashed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that federally legalized abortions. .

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