An armed man who wanted to kill Brett Kavanaugh, one of the judges on the US Supreme Court, has been arrested near his house.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, carried a gun, a knife and zip ties and was dressed in black when he arrived by taxi just after 1 am outside Mr Kavanaugh’s home in a Washington suburb.
Roske, of Simi Valley, California, was identified in a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice.
He had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items that he told police he would use to break into Kavanaugh’s house and kill him, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Maryland.
Roske said he purchased the gun to kill Kavanaugh and that he also would kill himself, the affidavit added.
He told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case.
In May, the leaked document indicated a majority of US Supreme Court justices planned to support overturning the historic decision that gives women a constitutional right to an abortion.
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The draft opinion, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito and published by Politico, would uphold a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and overturn the Roe decision.
Roske also told police he was upset over the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun control laws, the affidavit said.
In response, the White House said US President Joe Biden has condemned the actions of the man arrested.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden: “condemns the actions if this individual in the strongest terms”, adding that “any threats of violence or attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society”.
The Supreme Court building has been surrounded by high black fencing since the leak of that decision, which court officials said was authentic but a preliminary draft that did not necessarily represent the final decision.
The leak of the document triggered protests in Washington and other cities by abortion rights supporters.
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Protests have also taken place at the homes of other justices, all of whom have been provided round-the-clock security at their homes over concerns about violence.
Mr Kavanaugh was appointed by Donald Trump and has served on the court since 2018.