Man Pleads Guilty To Making Threat Against SCOTUS Justice

Man Pleads Guilty To Making Threat Against SCOTUS Justice

( – A Florida man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill an unnamed Supreme Court Justice. Neal Brij Sidhwaney, from Fernandina Beach, phoned the Justice in July and left a voicemail in which he repeatedly threatened to kill the judge, and he now faces a potential five-year term in federal prison.

Following his arrest in August, US Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson ordered that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and court documents show that he exhibited “delusional thought processes” but overall met the minimum standards required to stand trial. He was represented by a federal public attorney, who has declined to comment on his client’s condition.

The case follows an incident in 2022 when a California man traveled to Washington, DC, saying he intended to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh before committing suicide.

Deputy US Marshals spotted 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske as he exited a cab near Justice Kavanaugh’s home wearing a rucksack, carrying a suitcase, and dressed entirely in black. Roske appeared to notice the Marshals and called 911 to report his planned crime. He was still on the phone when police arrived to arrest him.

Subsequent investigation documents revealed that Mr. Roske was carrying a loaded gun in his suitcase and was suffering from “homicidal thoughts.” He told investigators he was angry at Justice Kavanaugh, whom he blamed for a leak indicating that Roe v Wade would be overturned in the landmark Dobbs ruling the following month.

Days after the incident, President Biden signed legislation to protect the Justices and their families as protests related to Roe v Wade raged across the nation. The Supreme Court Police Parity Act of 2022 passed unanimously in the Senate and extended protections to Justice’s family members at a time when an 8-foot-tall, non-scalable fence was erected around the Supreme Court building in Washington. Some Democrats in the House did not back the measure, saying it should also include federal judges.

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