The person who leaked the U.S. Supreme Court abortion draft should be prosecuted for inciting violence against the justices, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Thursday.
Speaking with FM Talk 106.5 radio in Alabama, the pro-life Republican said the breach has led to the justices’ lives being threatened, according to Breitbart.
“I think the person who leaked the Supreme Court document is inciting this violence,” Paul told the news station. “… This is a serious breach, and not only because you’re not supposed to do it — because it is now threatening the lives of justices.”
Last week, an alleged assassin with a gun was arrested outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the man said he planned to kill the justice, according to police. The leaked draft showed Kavanaugh as one of the justices who agrees to overturn Roe v. Wade in case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
Pro-abortion threats and violence escalated rapidly after Politico reported in May about the leaked draft ruling showing the high court overturning Roe this summer. Dozens of pro-lifers and churches also have been targets of arson, vandalism, assault, threats and harassment since the leak.
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Afterward, a pro-abortion group published the justices’ addresses online, and abortion activists have been protesting outside their houses regularly. Some even posted ominous messages publicly on social media about the justices’ school-age children.
Paul said leftists seem to think that publishing the justices’ home addresses is “all well and good and funny,” but federal law prohibits protests outside the homes of judges, jurors, witnesses and court officials to protect them from intimidation.
“The First Amendment allows you to protest. You can stand in front of the Supreme Court all day and all night if you want,” Paul said. “You can hold signs up. You can yell. You can scream. But you do not have a right to be in someone’s neighborhood, outside their house yelling and screaming all night.”
He expressed frustration that the Biden administration has not condemned the protests either.
“And the thing is, the more that gather out there, the more likely that some crazy person is going to be in the middle of that crowd, not be spotted who has come there armed to kill,” Paul continued. “We’ve had one attempt already, and so I’m for prosecuting the person at the Supreme Court who leaked this to the fullest extent of the law.”
Paul said the person who leaked the draft ruling must be held accountable.
“It’s illegal what they did. It’s against their contract. It’s against the bar oath,” he said. “So, whoever leaked this document should be prosecuted. They should be disbarred, and they should be excused from being able to practice law.”
The Supreme Court did launch an investigation into the leak after the news broke, but there is no word yet about any findings.
While many suspect a law clerk may have been the person who leaked the draft document, there is no evidence of this, at least not publicly, and CNN estimated as many as 75 people, including the justices, clerks and office staff, may have had access to the draft.
The U.S. Marshals have been providing extra security to the justices.
According to Axios, a Department of Homeland Security report in May warned that radical abortion activists are threatening to burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their law clerks if the court overturns Roe. The report indicates these pro-abortion extremists also plan to target churches and other places of worship.
This already has started. Dozens of churches, pro-life organizations and individuals have been targets of arson, vandalism, assault, threats and harassment since the leak.
Many expect the high court will release its final ruling on the Dobbs case in June. If the court overturns Roe, the Guttmacher Institute predicts that 26 states may ban abortions. This would lead to hundreds of thousands of unborn babies being saved across the U.S.
Polls consistently show that most Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies than what Roe allows. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here. A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned (48 percent) than want the ruling to remain in place (45 percent).
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.