(PatrioticPost.com)- When protests began outside of the homes of Supreme Court justices, Jeff McKay, the chairman of Fairfax County’s board of supervisors rejected a request from Governor Glenn Youngkin to have the police block pro-abortion activists from protesting outside the justices’ homes, despite federal and state laws prohibiting such activity.
And according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, that same Democrat chair used taxpayer money to have his home under police protection for a week after protesters showed up at his home.
Two of the conservative justices live in Fairfax County, Virginia – Justices Samuel Alito, the author of the leaked draft opinion, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
According to the Free Beacon, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors didn’t hold a vote on whether to increase security around the justices’ homes. In his letter to Governor Youngkin, McKay claimed that securing the perimeter of the justices’ residences would violate the Fourth Amendment rights of the other homeowners in the area and would also violate the protesters’ First Amendment rights.
Virginia law prohibits public protests outside of private residences. But according to McKay, who penned an op-ed in The Washington Post, the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney, Democrat Steve Descano, advised him not to enforce the law because the law “would not hold up in court and is likely unconstitutional.” McKay wrote that he encourages protests in public spaces, but argued that protesters swarming the justices’ homes were acting legally and put nobody at risk.
Couldn’t the same thing be said about protesters showing up at McKay’s home?
The governor’s office reiterated that Youngkin’s request to block the protesters was based on “credible and specific information” it received about planned events at or around the homes of Justices Coney Barrett and Alito.
Governor Youngkin maintains that the federal statute is more robust than the Virginia law. While the state’s statute only incurs a fine, the federal statute imposes a 1-year sentence on those who parade or picket “in order to influence a justice.”
A spokesman for Jeff McKay refused to comment to the Free Beacon about the chairman’s own police security, only saying that McKay “has full faith in the professionals of the FCPD to carry out their mission of ensuring public safety and protecting people’s constitutional rights.”