Supreme Court intimidation has taken justices to a dark place

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During the dark hours before dawn, a man was arrested Wednesday near the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The man was reportedly carrying weapons and burglary tools. He has been charged with the attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice. He told police he intended to kill Kavanaugh, motivated by the prospect of the justice’s expected votes in forthcoming abortion and Second Amendment cases. This is the latest development to follow the leak, in early May, of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion overturning Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.   

Within days after the leak, activists spearheaded by a dark-money group calling itself “Ruth Sent Us” doxxed the six justices expected to be in the Dobbs majority, posting a map of their homes in a solicitation — complete with the offer of stipends — of protests that predictably introduced a new level of personal danger to the occupants of the highest court in the land. The justices were given extra security, and the Supreme Court building itself went into lockdown with 8-foot fencing erected around it.  

The dark place the court finds itself today is just the latest episode of a saga that dates back some 35 years. When Robert Bork was nominated to

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