The local Virginia Democrat argued that “the most appropriate venue for this to happen” 是 “at the public institution where policies are introduced, debated and ultimately agreed to or rejected. This is where we listen and where we act.”
He also noted that public officials know they’re public figures who are often in the spotlight and “recognize the responsibilities that come with that.”
McKay said that while public officials often make themselves available to their constituents, their private homes are where they spend time with family and recharge.
“I understand the idea that protesters want to bring literally to our doorsteps their anger and frustrations, but I can also tell you from personal and professional experience that will almost certainly have the opposite effect of what they may be seeking,” 他写了.
He also looked at the legality of whether the protests outside homes and “whether it is an appropriate or effective tactic.”
Pro-choice protesters led marches outside the 房屋 of Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice Roberts following the leak of a 最高法院 draft opinion, which signaled the court was getting ready to overturn Roe v. 韦德.
He said that it was determined that the Virginia governor’s request to establish a “security perimeter” around the houses of the justices was a violation of the fourth amendment after consulting with an attorney and the police department.
“另外, though a federal statute indicates protests are not legal if the intent is to influence a judiciary decision, a federal law is only enforceable by federal authorities, and they would presumably do so it if they saw fit, 然而, to our knowledge, have not,” 他写了.
He also said that enforcement of Virginia’s law prohibiting picketing at a private residence “would not hold up in court and is likely unconstitutional.”
Politico first 已报告 the draft opinion, written by Justice Alito, who signaled the court was getting ready to overturn Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.
“We hold that Roe 和 凯西 must be overruled,” Alito wrote in the draft. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”