The Washington Post

The protests could end soon


Regarding the July 20 Metro article “Kavanaugh’s neighbors are for Roe but souring on noisy protests”:

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizati­on decision has led to intense and appropriat­e protests. The picketing at the homes of Supreme Court justices, or at restaurant­s where they dine, is a problem with a solution both simple and necessary.

The First Amendment includes the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The best place for that assembly and petition is at the place where “the Government” sits. But the Supreme Court building, staircase and surroundin­g sidewalk are all sealed off behind high fences. And the justices don’t often go to work in their offices, even on days when they announce decisions. When the fence comes down and the justices return to work in their taxpayerfu­nded offices, the protests will occur in the right place, and the picketing at the homes of justices or on the street in front of the court building will quickly end.

Ira C. Lupu, Bethesda

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