Man Who Wanted to Attack Justice Kavanaugh Still Awaits Trial

No trial has been held for Nicholas Roske, who threatened to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he showed up at his house armed with a rifle and other weapons.

Because of the Justice’s stance on abortion, Roske is suspected of attempting to assassinate him.

Roske reportedly traveled from his parent’s house in California to Washington, DC, to assassinate Kavanaugh. Nearly two years ago, in June 2022, he was arrested for the attempted murder of a Supreme Court judge.

Court records show that Roske, a male who had previously presented himself as a “transgender” woman online, was distraught about the leaked Supreme Court memo before the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Roske called the police on himself after taking a cab to Kavanaugh’s residence.  He was discovered with a bag containing weapons, ammunition, and zip ties.

Despite a legal expert’s assessment of the case as a “slam dunk” for federal prosecutors, the case has gone through many continuances since Roske’s previous court appearance in October 2022, and neither a plea nor a trial date has been scheduled.

Law experts are puzzled by the length of time it is taking for the Department of Justice under President Joe Biden to bring charges against Roske.  The Lawfare Project’s lead attorney, Gerard Filitti, said that the lengthy delay in going to trial is not due to any procedural issues.

After threatening to assassinate Chief Justice John Roberts in July of last year, a Florida man received a fourteen-month prison term.

In comparison, little has happened in the past two years since Roske last appeared in court, with the exception of several continuances and motions filed by his defense.

On March 29, Roske’s attorneys filed their most recent motion for continuation, which aims to keep the case going for another month or more while the prosecution and Roske’s legal team negotiate a plea deal.