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Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:05 PM

Has anyone EVER been charged with an attempted assassination of a Supreme Court Justice?

Tried googling it but only see Kavanaugh news...


I don't think so... this is unfortunate and historic... shows the bad place the country is in right now. And I think it'll only get worse...

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Reply Has anyone EVER been charged with an attempted assassination of a Supreme Court Justice? (Original post)
WarGamer Jun 2022 OP
jimfields33 Jun 2022 #1
WarGamer Jun 2022 #2
jimfields33 Jun 2022 #3
Murphyb849 Jun 2022 #8
Bucky Jun 2022 #4
TheProle Jun 2022 #5
WarGamer Jun 2022 #9
TheProle Jun 2022 #11
WarGamer Jun 2022 #12
TheProle Jun 2022 #14
WarGamer Jun 2022 #16
tritsofme Jun 2022 #15
unc70 Jun 2022 #6
PoliticAverse Jun 2022 #7
WarGamer Jun 2022 #10
herding cats Jun 2022 #17
WarGamer Jun 2022 #19
PoliticAverse Jun 2022 #18
In It to Win It Jun 2022 #13
UTUSN Jun 2022 #20
WarGamer Jun 2022 #21
UTUSN Jun 2022 #22
WarGamer Jun 2022 #23
LeftInTX Jun 2022 #24

Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:10 PM

1. I personally think the attempted murderer is scum

It makes it look like kavenaugh is the victim. I mean he is sorta, but itís this idiot fault for doing this. I hope he rots. Sorry but flying from California is completely premeditated.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:12 PM

2. It's not a good look, politically...

Hours before the J6 hearings... it's an unneeded distraction.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:14 PM

3. That's true. Hadn't thought of that.

I do worry that some big event will happen tomorrow to throw off the schedule.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:21 PM

8. It is THEIR guns. OK for kids and old people ..NOT ok for SCOTUS

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:15 PM

4. He's a loony, obviously. And worse, he's now a Fox News enabler

That's now how we do business in this country

But yes, this is clearly the result of increasing patterns of politicized violence and inflammatory rhetoric. It reminds me of the book Armed Madhouse

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:16 PM

5. No, the only other would-be assassin was shot dead

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Response to TheProle (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:23 PM

9. Field wasn't on the SCOTUS when that happened.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:25 PM

11. Yeah. He was.

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Response to TheProle (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:25 PM

12. Why does it say "serving on the 9th Circuit?"

Field, serving as a judge on the Ninth Federal Circuit Court, ruled against Terry in a divorce case, ultimately sending him to jail for contempt of court. In 1889, Terry attempted to kill Field out of revenge, but was instead shot dead by Fieldís bodyguard, U.S. Marshal David B. Neagle.



http://constitutionallawreporter.com/previous-supreme-court-justices/stephen-johnson-field/



Did SCOTUS back then also work on the Circuit Courts?

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Response to TheProle (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:35 PM

16. that's the answer I needed... thanks!

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:17 PM

6. Possibly against Warren after Brown v Board

There were a lot of threats back in the 1950s-1960s. Don't know if anyone was charged specifically.

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:18 PM

7. "Charged", no. Shot to death while attempting to assassinate a Supreme Court justice yes.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Johnson_Field

In 1859 Field replaced the former chief justice of the California Supreme Court, David S. Terry, because Judge Terry killed a United States Senator from California (David Colbreth Broderick) in a duel and left the state. Field and Terry's paths crossed again 30 years later when Field, acting in his capacity as a circuit judge of the 9th Federal Circuit Court, ruled against Terry in a convoluted divorce case (and had him sent to jail for contempt of court as well). Seeking revenge, Terry attempted to kill Field in 1889 near Stockton, California, but was instead shot dead by Field's bodyguard, U.S. Marshal David B. Neagle. Ironically, legal issues arising from the killing of Terry came before the Supreme Court in the 1890 habeas corpus case of In re Neagle. The Court ruled the United States Attorney General had authority to appoint U.S. Marshals as bodyguards to Supreme Court justices and Marshal Neagle had acted within the scope of his authority in shooting Terry. Field recused himself from the case.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:23 PM

10. The 9th Circuit?

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:37 PM

17. He served in the SCOTUS from May 20, 1863 - December 1, 1897

From the wiki:

The number of seats on the United States Supreme Court was expanded from nine to ten in March 1863, as a result of the Tenth Circuit Act.[10] This gave President Abraham Lincoln an opportunity to nominate a new associate justice, which he did on March 6, 1863.[11] Seeking to affect both a regional and political balance on the Court, Lincoln selected Field, a westerner and Unionist Democrat.[12] Field was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 10, 1863,[11] and took the judicial oath of office on May 20, 1863.[13]

Field insisted on breaking John Marshall's record of 34 years on the court, even when he was no longer able to handle the workload. His colleagues asked him to resign due to his being intermittently senile,[14] but he refused. In March 1896, he wrote what would be his final opinion on behalf of the Court, but remained on the bench for another twenty months, finally retiring on December 1, 1897.[15] Field would become the last veteran of both the Taney Court and the Chase Court to remain on the bench. He would remain the longest serving member of the Court until his record was surpassed by William O. Douglas, who served from 1939 to 1975.

He died in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1899, and was buried there in the Rock Creek Cemetery.[16]

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Response to herding cats (Reply #17)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:39 PM

19. learned above that early SCOTUS Justices also served on Circuit Courts.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:39 PM

18. Yes. Supreme Court justices are assigned a federal court circuit they are responsible for.

It should probably say "capacity as the circuit justice" rather than "capacity as a circuit judge".

https://www.fjc.gov/history/judges/field-stephen-johnson

Field, Stephen Johnson
Born November 4, 1816, in Haddam, CT
Died April 9, 1899, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Abraham Lincoln on March 6, 1863, to a new seat authorized by 12 Stat. 794. Confirmed by the Senate on March 10, 1863, and received commission on March 10, 1863. Service terminated on December 1, 1897, due to retirement.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:

Tenth Circuit, June 22, 1863-July 23, 1866
Ninth Circuit, April 8, 1867-December 1, 1897
Second Circuit, January 30, 1882-April 2, 1882


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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:27 PM

13. History in the making...

You're seeing it live!

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:40 PM

20. Or other foot, has any Justice been charged with undermining the country (which has happened) ?

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #20)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:40 PM

21. "charged"? Like by a Court of law?

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:42 PM

22. Using your language, so ...

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #22)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 08:44 PM

23. The dude in Maryland was literally charged with attempted murder.

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2022, 11:08 PM

24. Seems more like "terrorist threat"

In state law it's usually not as serious of a charge. Stalking is sometimes considered this. Threatening police is sometimes this. Bomb threats too etc

In Texas "terrorist threat" is a misdemeanor.

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