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18 U.S. Code 1507 states:
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“Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.”
It has been a part of our government’s Code of conduct that a court shall remain impartial. Our founding fathers, for example, James Madison, stated that the Judicial branch could become the most powerful without checks and balances.
The Code of Conduct for United States Judges states:
“The integrity and independence of judges depend in turn on their acting without fear or favor. Although judges should be independent, they must comply with the law and should comply with this Code. Adherence to this responsibility helps to maintain public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary.”
In recent news, these laws have been broken by the countless protesters outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ houses. Justice Kavanaugh’s right to privacy was infringed again on Friday when the Justice had to sneak away from a steakhouse restaurant.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, one of the few who is brave enough to ask tough questions, grilled Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the events.
DOOCY: Thank you, Karine. You’ve talked a little bit about privacy today. Does the President think it’s appropriate for abortion rights protesters to intimidate Supreme Court justices when they’re out to eat, like Brett Kavanaugh, who had to sneak out of a steakhouse last night?
JEAN-PIERRE with a lot of stuttering: We have been pretty clear on this. The President has been very clear that we condemn any intimidation of judges in this specific question here. We have condemned that. We have signed. He has assigned a piece of legislation, making sure that they have the protection that they need. And so we
DOOCY Interrupts: But you never said, “Don’t go to their houses.” So as long as they’re peaceful, would you say, “Don’t go to a restaurant that a Supreme Court justice is at”?
JEAN-PIERRE sounds more like Jeff Goldblum: What I’m saying is we condemn any intimidation when it comes to judges. We’ve been, the President has talked about this, and we have put out statements in his name
DOOCY speaks over her: So there are circumstances that it’s okay if protesters know that if a justice is out to eat at a restaurant, that pro-
Jean-Pierre tries to interrupt but fails as Doocy continues: that they can go and protest as long as they are what you consider peaceful? That’s okay?
JEAN-PIERRE: Well, we have said that we want to see peaceful protests. That’s what we have said. We want to see the, the protests be peaceful. But when it comes to intimidation, that is something that we have condemned.
DOOCY: So where’s the line? If these protesters can go to a justice’s house and they can go to a restaurant, where is it that you don’t think it’s appropriate for a group of protesters to go?
JEAN-PIERRE is clearly annoyed at this point: I just laid out. You asked me about intimidation. We condemn intimidation. We condemn any violence. And we’ve been very clear that is. It is like clear; it is a clear definition of what violence is and what intimidation is. Peaceful protest people should be allowed to be to be able to do that.
DOOCY: In a restaurant?
JEAN-PIERRE: If it’s outside of a restaurant, if it’s peaceful, for sure.
DOOCY hilariously says: Really?
There is more of this highly entertaining interaction, beginning around the 38.06 mark in the video below. I highly recommend watching it in your free time.