A federal grand jury has indicted a California man with the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Why is it important: The man, identified as Nicholas Roske, 26, was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland with a handgun and burglary tools last week after he allegedly told law enforcement that he was traveled to Maryland intending to kill the judge.
- If convicted, Roske faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison for attempting to murder a U.S. judge, though the Justice Department has said actual sentences for federal crimes are generally lower than the maximum penalties.
A criminal complaint issued against Roske last week claimed that after seeing police outside Kavanaugh’s home, he called 911 and told the operator he had a gun, had suicidal thoughts and had traveled from California to kill Kavanaugh.
- He was arrested by officers from the Montgomery County Police Department while still on the line.
- In a backpack Roske allegedly carried, law enforcement officials found a black tactical vest and tactical knife, a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, nail set, crowbar, gun light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles.
- The complaint claimed that Roske later told detectives he was upset over the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The big picture: The House passed legislation this week that would extend Supreme Court police protections to justices’ families, sparked in part by protests outside the homes of conservative justices over the court’s upcoming decision on the matter. of abortion.
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