A Florida man pleaded guilty for threatening to kill Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Neal Sidhwaney, 43, of Fernandina Beach, entered a guilty plea Friday in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida, to a single felony count of making an interstate threat to injure,” POLITICO reports.
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According to court filings, Sidhwaney made the threat twice in a voicemail message left on July 31, 2023.
Prosecutors did not identify the targeted justice in court papers or in the statement Monday. But, during a court-ordered psychological evaluation, Sidhwaney said he had threatened Chief Justice John Roberts.
In the voicemail, Sidhwaney introduced himself and he had a message that he wanted the U.S. Marshals to deliver to Roberts that included “I will f****** kill you,” according to a court document filed in connection with the plea hearing last week.Advertisement
Sidhwaney was arrested in August and has been in custody since. The psychologist who evaluated him found the defendant competent to stand trial and of “superior” intelligence, but suffering from “delusional disorder with psychosis.” He’s under treatment with an anti-psychotic drug, the doctor said.
Sidhwaney could receive up to five years in prison on the charge, but defendants typically receive less time under federal guidelines.
Florida man pleads guilty to threatening murder of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts
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“Threats against the justices have escalated significantly in recent years,” Just the News noted.
Florida man pleads guilty to threatening to kill SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts
Threats against the justices have escalated significantly in recent years.
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From Just the News:
In the wake of the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion suggesting the justices were poised to overturn the landmark abortion precedent set in Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion activists demonstrated outside the homes of the more conservative justices.
In one instance, a 26-year-old man, Nicholas Roske broke into Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home while armed in what prosecutors have called an assassination attempt. He has pleaded not guilty and is still awaiting trial.
The court ultimately did overturn Roe v. Wade and permit the states to regulate abortion.