Grand Jury Indicts Pro-Abortion Extremist Who Tried to Assassinate Justice Kavanaugh by Steven Ertelt Life News
A grand jury has indicted the pro-abortion extremist who tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh last week.
Nicholas Roske, the California man who was arrested at Kavanaugh’s home with a weapon and backpack full of tools, has been indicted on charges of attempting ”to assassinate a Supreme Court Justice of the United States.” Roske told officials he was upset about the draft of the Supreme Court opinion to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.
Federal officials found a Glock handgun, 37 rounds of ammunition, a ”black speed loader,” hard-knuckled gloves, pepper spray, a knife, lock-picking tools and a black mask among his possessions.
The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty of that crime is life imprisonment, though it’s rare for federal convicts to face the stiffest punishments possible.
Prosecutors on Wednesday said they have also moved to seize from Roske weapons and ammunition discovered on him at the time of his arrest near Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Federal agents allege that Roske traveled from his home in Simi Valley, California, to Maryland to kill Kavanaugh because a leaked draft opinion on 2 May showed the supreme court judge and other of his fellow conservatives had provisionally voted to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that established the nationwide right to abortion.
Roske called the Montgomery county, Maryland, emergency communications center on 8 June and confessed his plans before carrying them out, agents have alleged. He was arrested and also told investigators that he was upset with Kavanaugh because he believed the judge would loosen gun laws at a time when there has been a recent spate of deadly mass shootings, including at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
Between Roske’s arrest and indictment, the US House gave final approval to a bill expanding security around supreme court justices and their loved ones after the leak of the draft abortion opinion ignited protests nationwide.
The legislation cleared the Senate on 9 May and on Tuesday passed the House by a vote of 396-27.
The indictment comes on the same day radical abortion activists released a statement promoting more violence. After months of attacking pro-life centers nationwide, a militant group promises violence against these centers.