A figure representing justice holding scales.

“I brought a firearm with me, but it’s unloaded and locked in the case.”

California man Nicholas Roske speaking to a 911 operator, before his arrest for attempted burglary and murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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jun 14, 2022

  • According to law enforcement, 26-year-old Roske flew to Maryland from California to break into Justice Kavanaugh's home and murder him for his potential stance in rulings on abortion and the Second Amendment. Roske also planned to kill himself, according to the criminal complaint against him.
  • Roske: Charged with attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice. Here's a press release mapping out these charges and the criminal complaint.
  • New information from The Washington Post: Roske contacted his sister prior to arriving at Judge Kavanaugh's house at 1 a.m. The period between his arrival and his arrest was approximately 30 minutes; he eventually called 911 and turned himself in.
  • Attorney General Garland, head of the Justice Department and top law enforcement office in the nation, had recently increased security at the homes for Supreme Court justices, and noted Wednesday: "Threats of violence, and actual violence, against the justices, of course, strike at the heart of our democracy. We will do everything we can to prevent them, and to hold people who do them accountable."
  • Context: In a bulletin issued on Tuesday (June 7), the Department of Homeland Security said that after the publication of the leaked draft opinion in the abortion case, advocates for and against abortion rights have “encouraged violence” on public forums, “including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities, as well as those with opposing ideologies” (New York Times).
  • From the FBI affidavit: “At approximately 1:05 a.m., two United States Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of the Montgomery County, Maryland, residence of a current justice of the United States Supreme Court. The individual looked at the two Deputy Marshals, who were standing next to their parked vehicle, and then turned to walk down the street.”

Man accused in Kavanaugh plot texted sister before surrender, police say

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