Two days ago we reported that Riot Fencing was being erected around the U.S. Supreme Court building in D.C.
This, of course, came after news leaked that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Here was a picture on the scene:
Oh I see they are hiding behind fences to keep the people out per usual. Well this isn't going to work. We didn't put them in but we can sure get them out. We need to stand up to the patriarchal/evangelical subterfuge that has its grip on this country. #WomensRights #SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/Vn1NAjJfvv
— Jennifer Steele (@MsJenSteele) May 3, 2022
And a video:
Good afternoon from the Supreme Court where more fences are going up. A whole lot more. Walked here to find a network of metal barricades splitting the road in half, and police lifting more over the sidewalk into the Capitol lawn. pic.twitter.com/14b7VbU1U8
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) May 3, 2022
Now new images have emerged and the fence looks much taller and stronger.
To quote a famous phrase: The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller?
Take a look:
— IAm_Ash_Ash (@IAmAshAsh1) May 5, 2022
Massive fence erected around Supreme Court building in wake of leaked Alito abortion draft opinion https://t.co/vfGDbsnXdp
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 5, 2022
ALERT 🚨 Fence erected overnight around U.S. Supreme Court building and justice Alito cancels public event amid protests. pic.twitter.com/T9lHWxga4p
— Zero Bubble (@ZeroBubble17) May 5, 2022
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) May 5, 2022
Fox News reports:
Workers erected a large fence around the U.S. Supreme Court building late Wednesday night, two days after Politico published a leaked draft opinion striking down the abortion precedent Roe v. Wade (1973). The same night, Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft, canceled a public appearance.
Work crews erected “tall, non-scalable fencing” around the Court, as Fox 5’s Lindsay Watts put it.
Alito scrapped plans to participate in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judicial conference, which is slated to begin Thursday. He canceled the appearance for reasons that have not been disclosed, Reuters reported. Alito is tasked with reviewing emergency appeals from the 5th Circuit.
Alito’s colleagues, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, were slated to give remarks at a similar conference for the 11th Circuit Thursday and Friday, according to a program Reuters acquired. It remains unclear if they will still appear.
Roberts confirmed Tuesday that Alito’s draft opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was genuine – although the draft dates back to February, and it does not represent the current or final opinion of the court. In the draft, Alito strikes down Roe v. Wade, which struck down state laws across the country, and allows states to again make their own laws on abortion.
The move unleashed a firestorm of controversy, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., condemning the draft opinion as an “abomination.”
Washington, D.C., police activated protest units amid large protests in front of the building Tuesday. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., joined crowds and shouted until her voice became hoarse.
Some Democrats responded by urging Congress to pass a bill codifying Roe, but the Senate blocked just such a measure at the end of February, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joining Republicans in opposing the bill.
Meanwhile, Justice Alito has been forced into hiding.
So sad to see the attacks on our Constitution and honorable members of our highest Court:
New: Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the leaked draft abortion ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, has canceled an appearance at the 5th Circuit's judicial conference set to begin tomorrow in Nashville. https://t.co/f4Ne3rUVxH
— Nate Raymond (@nateraymond) May 4, 2022
According to Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has canceled an appearance at a judicial conference set to begin on Thursday after a draft decision he wrote indicating the high court would overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed the right to abortion nationwide was leaked.
Alito had been set to appear at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ judicial conference, a gathering of judges from the New Orleans-based federal appeals court and the district courts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, a person familiar with the matter said.
But he has since canceled, the person said, and Patricia McCabe, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court, on Wednesday said he was not attending. The spokesperson gave no reason for why Alito, who is the justice assigned to hear emergency appeals from the 5th Circuit, was not going.
Alito, a member of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority, authored the draft opinion that was dated from February and published by Politico on Monday.
The unprecedented leak from the high court sent shock waves through the United States. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed the draft’s authenticity but emphasized it was not final, and said the court will investigate the leak, which he called a “betrayal.”
The 5th Circuit’s Office of the Circuit Executive declined to confirm its conference was occurring this week, citing security, but the legal society American Inns of Court in a press release last week detailed the date and location.