It’s been almost two months since some yet known person leaked a draft of a Supreme Court opinion that signaled that the Court could overrule Roe v. Wade. And now, the Supreme Court has done just that. It’s been a couple of weeks since someone tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh for just the possibility that that would happen. Now the would-be assassin has entered his plea.
“Nicholas Roske, a California resident, allegedly told [a] Maryland 911 operator that he wanted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh” on June 8, reports Fox News. Even so, he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Wednesday at the Southern Division Courthouse, in Greenbelt, Maryland, to one count of attempting to assassinate a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roske actually called 911 on himself:
Court documents show that “[a]fter flying from California to Washington D.C., Roske drove to Kavanaugh’s home with the sole intent to ‘kill Kavanaugh’ and then himself.” Since the incident, Congress has passed legislation to fortify security around the nine justices.
It is not unusual for criminal defendants to plead not guilty despite there being a lot of evidence against them. One reason that Roske might have pleaded not guilty is that the maximum sentence for attempting to assassinate a Supreme Court Justice is life in prison.
Fox reports that “Roske only raised his head a few times, answering basic questions from the judge when he stood to be sworn in during the court hearing on Wednesday. A federal magistrate judge scheduled a jury trial to start on August 23.”
People like Roske have to be prosecuted but it is likely, based on his conduct, that he has mental health issues. If it is proven that he suffers from mental illness, how do you think he should be treated? Should he spend the rest of his life in prison?