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U.S. Marshals patrol outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Man charged in Kavanaugh murder plot

A federal judge charged Nicholas Roske with attempted murder of a federal judge after he was arrested outside of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home with burglary tools, a gun, and boots with soft soles for quiet movement. An FBI affidavit alleged his motive was concern about the leaked opinion in a pending Supreme Court case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. He also worried that the Supreme Court would loosen gun control laws.

How was he caught? As Roske walked up to Kavanaugh’s house, he saw two deputy U.S. marshals, walked back around a corner, and called 911 to turn himself in. He told the operator that he flew from California to Kavanaugh’s house in Washington, D.C., to murder the justice. He said his gun was locked and in a suitcase, and that he needed psychiatric help. When officers arrived, he was compliant and arrested soon after. Congress is considering proposals to increase security for Supreme Court justices and all federal judges.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Savas’ article in WORLD Magazine on how states are legislating in the aftermath of the leaked Dobbs v. Jackson draft opinion.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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