The Heritage Foundation Oversight Project wants to know why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to prosecute abortion activists for protesting outside U.S. Supreme Court justices’ homes in violation of federal law.
On Thursday, the pro-life conservative organization sued the department, saying it has ignored repeated requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act, Fox News reports.
“The American people deserve to know why Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland not only refused to publicly and unequivocally condemn this behavior, but also why they continue not to prosecute or hold accountable those who facially broke the law in an attempt to influence the proceedings of the Supreme Court,” said Roman Jankowski, senior investigative counsel for the Oversight Project, in a statement.
The Heritage Foundation lawsuit accuses the Biden administration of failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act by ignoring its requests for documents pertaining to its lack of action to stop the illegal protests
Federal law prohibits protests outside the homes of judges, witnesses, jurors and court officials; such actions are considered intimidation and interference in the judicial system. But Republican leaders have said the Biden administration and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland are not doing anything to stop them – not even after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was the target of an assassination attempt and two of the justices’ young children were targeted in posts online.
According to the lawsuit, Heritage requested documents from the Office of the Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service about the protests, but its requests were denied.
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Here’s more from the report:
The initial request was ignored by the Biden administration, in violation of the FOIA statute, the group claimed in its lawsuit. The Justice Department repeatedly missed deadlines on subsequent requests, and even after granting one request with expedited processing, the Oversight Project has yet to receive a response from the DOJ.
Jankowski said the organization and the American people have a right to see those documents.
“We think there are answers to those questions in the documents we have requested, and we have a right by law to those documents,” he said.
Since May when someone leaked a draft ruling showing the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion activists have protested repeatedly outside the private homes of the conservative justices. The protests began a few days after the leak when the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us published the home addresses of the justices who agreed to overturn Roe.
Pro-life advocates also have accused the Biden administration, including Garland and the FBI, of ignoring a wave of political violence targeting pro-life organizations and churches. By the LifeNews count, more than 100 pro-life organizations, pregnancy centers, churches and individuals have been victims of arson, vandalism, theft, harassment and threats since the leak. These include at least ten acts of arson and an elderly pro-life woman being shot in Michigan last month.
According to the Catholic News Agency, federal authorities have not made any arrests in dozens of such cases. In September, Fox News also reported the FBI and local police departments could not confirm any arrests in response to 18 acts of arson and vandalism allegedly committed by the violent pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge this year.