By: The Epoch Times
Virginia’s attorney general is calling on prosecutors to enforce a law that bars disruptions outside people’s homes after about 100 hundred protesters descended on the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
At issue is Virginia code that forbids gathering outside a person’s house “in a manner which disrupts or threatens to disrupt any individual’s right to tranquility in his home.”
The code “states that protesting in front of an individual’s private residence is a class 3 misdemeanor,” Victoria LaCivita, a spokeswoman for Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, told The Epoch Times in an email.
“Under Virginia law, local Commonwealth’s Attorneys are responsible for prosecuting violations of this statute. Attorney General Miyares urges every Commonwealth’s Attorney to put their personal politics aside and enforce the law,” she added.
The call comes after a noisy protest outside Alito’s home in Alexandria. Protesters shouted through loudspeakers and chanted “[expletive] Alito.”
They included members of ShutDownDC, which says it “uses strategic direct action to advance justice and hold officials accountable.”
No arrests were made, Virginia law enforcement officials confirmed to The Epoch Times. A Fairfax County Police Department spokesman said the demonstrations “were peaceful.”
Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano did not respond to a voicemail or emailed questions after Miyares, a Republican, urged him to take action.
Descano, a Democrat who was a federal prosecutor in the Obama administration, has not remarked publicly on the protest.
Descano said on May 3, in response to the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion authored by Alito that indicates the court will overturn Roe v. Wade, “I will never prosecute a woman for making her own healthcare decisions.”
Two other justices reportedly live in Virginia.
Federal law bars protesting near the homes of any judges “with the intent of influencing” them, but U.S. prosecutors have shown no indication they plan on pursuing charges against protesters, who recently went to the homes of several other justices in Maryland.
The Department of Justice declined to comment.
The White House has offered support for the protesters.
The protests “have been peaceful to date, and we certainly continue to encourage that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington.
She did not say why the administration has not prosecuted any of the apparent wrongdoers.