Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi actively encouraged the public to pressure Supreme Court justices in order to influence their final decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, after a leaked early opinion draft indicated that the court’s decision would lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Following the leaking of the opinion draft, and the subsequent doxxing of the private addresses of the conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes by radical far-left pro-abortion groups, several prominent Democrats have appeared to endorse demonstrations outside of the homes of the judges, and even threats towards them.
In an interview on MSNBC, Pelosi joined with the rest of the radicals in her party in calling for intimidation of conservative justices to sway their votes.
“We have to have a clarity of what this draft decision means so that the final decision doesn’t go that far,” she said on Friday. “Lincoln said, ‘Public sentiment is everything. With it, you can accomplish almost anything. Without it, nothing.’ And women just have to weigh in. I don’t think there’s a good outcome here, but I think there’s a better outcome than what we have seen in the first draft.”
Pelosi made similar remarks on Sunday while responding to criticism of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) that the Democrats hadn’t been fighting enough on the issue.
She railed against the accusation, saying that they had fought on the issue, but “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked if it was a mistake not to push harder.
Pelosi responded by saying that “the focus we have right now is an urgent one in order to try to improve” the Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision.
She also noted that she believed talking about how they hadn’t moved legislatively to codify Roe earlier was a “waste of time.” In other words, despite the fact that there were many constitutional issues with the decision and how the Supreme Court legislated from the bench by pulling a “right to abortion” out of thin air, the left thought they could just sit on the passage of Roe and never attempt to codify the issue into law.
The question is: How is pushing people to protest to “improve” the court’s forthcoming decision to find a “better outcome” not a violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1507, which criminalizes attempts to influence the court?
The related section of the law states:
“Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.”
Clearly, Pelosi and the activists on the ground that she is attempting to encourage are violating this statute. But the relevant authorities likely aren’t going to do anything about it, because the left tends to get away with this kind of thing in this country.