Who Tried to Assassinate Kavanaugh?
Police in Washington, D.C., have charged a California man with the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. During his June 8 arrest, Nicholas John Roske was found with a gun, knife, and pepper spray, as well as burglary equipment.
Because of the leak of a draft opinion, the prosecutor said, he believed that Kavanaugh would reverse the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
As he answered questions from federal Judge Ajmal Quereshi, the 26-year-old bent his head and placed his hands over his neck.
According to CNN, he was able to answer all of the questions in a matter of seconds while dressed in large jail clothes. Aside from abortion rights, Roske was also concerned that Kavanaugh might ease gun rules following the massacre at a Texas school earlier this year.
Accused of planning to take his own life when he was accused of murdering Kavanaugh.
Two US Marshals were waiting for him outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland house when he arrived, as the justices’ residences have been under constant protest since the Roe v. Wade leak. They recognized him and detained him.
When he saw the marshals, he moved down the block and dialed 911, telling the operator he was experiencing suicidal thoughts and that he had a pistol with him. The operator immediately dispatched help. He also told the operator that he intended to assassinate Kavanaugh and that he was going to.
When Montgomery County police arrived at the scene, Roske was still on the phone.
Public defense Andrew Szekely, the lawyer for Roske’s public defender, told the judge that he was happy with the medical treatment and drugs his client was receiving while incarcerated.
Following the arraignment, Roske was held in prison with a trial date set for August 23. If convicted, he might spend the rest of his life in prison.