US Marshals Open Fire Outside Supreme Court Justice’s Home

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According to accounts, two U.S. Marshals discharged their firearms at an individual suspected of carjacking, who was armed, in close proximity to the residence of a U.S. Supreme Court justice last week.

As per authorities, the occurrence transpired in close proximity to the residence of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. According to The Hill, the individual under suspicion was admitted to a hospital.

In the midst of a carjacking attempt, a perpetrator approached the door on the driver’s side and aimed a handgun at the window. Based on the records, a marshal reacted by discharging around four rounds, striking the subject in the mouth. Following the incident, the suspect was promptly taken to the hospital to receive medical attention and has since been apprehended.

The assignment of the marshals to protect Sotomayor is not explicitly stated, however, the location of the event corresponds to her apartment block in Northwest Washington, D.C.

“The Deputy U.S. Marshals involved in the shooting incident were part of the unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices. As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don’t discuss specifics of protective details,” Abigail Meyer, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement.

In a news release issued on Friday, the police categorically identified the incident as a “U.S. Marshals-involved shooting.” Nevertheless, it was the Daily Mail that initially established the correlation between Sotomayor’s security team and her safety.

Kentrell Flowers, the suspect, was unavailable for comment. Authorities further assert that the Toyota Sienna minivan utilized by Flowers during the incident had been forcefully stolen.

According to police records, the Metropolitan Police Department has made more than 75 carjacking arrests this year.

According to The Hill, there is a resemblance between the recent occurrence near Justice Sotomayor’s residence and a previous event that occurred months ago. In the former incident, Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked while driving outside his apartment in Washington, D.C.

Although there is no evidence suggesting that Flowers particularly singled out the security detail of Justice Sotomayor, who were traveling in an unmarked government car, this event has highlighted the persistent worries regarding the protection of Supreme Court justices.

This has become an increasingly significant problem for both the judiciary and legislators, particularly in the wake of heightened tensions subsequent to the court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade in 2022.

In a recent verdict, the highest court in the country awarded presidents complete immunity for their official actions, while also stating that they can be prosecuted for their unofficial actions. The verdict was issued in relation to a dispute involving former President Donald Trump, who contended that his prosecution in Washington for his activities during and after the Jan. 6 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol Building were authorized.

Following the court’s decision, Trump’s legal representatives submitted a motion to temporarily halt the prosecution of his classified documents.

Bloomberg reported that the attorneys submitted the motion on Friday, urging U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to establish a timetable for them to debate the importance of the Supreme Court ruling.

The proposed schedule would establish the timeframe for the arguments in September. The majority of the lawsuit would be put on hold until the judge makes a decision regarding immunity and a constitutional challenge to the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith.

“Resolution of these threshold questions is necessary to minimize the adverse consequences to the institution of the Presidency arising from this unconstitutional investigation and prosecution,” the attorneys said.


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