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Armed man who wanted to kill Brett Kavanaugh arrested near US judge's house

Near his home, an armed man wanted to kill Brett Kavanaugh (one of the US Supreme Court judges)

Nicholas John Roske (26 years old) was carrying a gun, knife, and zip ties. He arrived in taxi at Mr Kavanaugh’s Washington suburb home just after 1 a.m.

Roske, from Simi Valley in California was charged with attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Maryland federal court, the suspect had a Glock 17 pistol and ammunition. He also had zip ties, pepper spray and duct tape.

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Roske claimed that he bought the gun to kill Kavanaugh, and that he would also kill himself, according to the affidavit.

He claimed to police that he was disturbed by a draft opinion leaked to the media suggesting that the Supreme Court would overrule Roe V. Wade, the landmark case in abortion.

The leaked document showed that a majority of US Supreme Court Justices intended to support the repeal of, the historic decision giving women constitutional rights to an abortion.

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Draft opinion by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, published by Politico, would support a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks and overturn Roe.

Roske also stated to police that he was angry at the Uvalde school massacre, Texas and that he believed Kavanaugh would vote for loosening gun control laws.

The White House responded by stating that US President Joe Biden had condemned the actions taken by the man who was arrested.

Karine Jean-Pierre, press secretary, stated that Biden “condemns his actions if he individual in the strongest terms”, and added that any threats to violence or attempts intimidate justices “have no place in our society.”

Since the leakage of the decision, the Supreme Court building has been surrounded with high-quality black fencing.

Protests by supporters of abortion rights erupted in Washington after the document was leaked.

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Protests also took place at the residences of other justices. All of them have been given 24-hour security to their homes, over concerns about violence.

Donald Trump appointed Mr Kavanaugh and he has been on the court ever since.

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