The person who allegedly stated to police that he was planning to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has officially pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder this past Wednesday in a federal court out of Maryland.
Back on the 15th of June, the DOJ stated that 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske of California had been officially indicted on a federal charge of attempting to murder a Justice of the Supreme Court.
This past Wednesday, Jake Gibson, with Fox News, stated via social media that Roske “has plead not guilty to one count of attempting to assassinate a Justice of the US Supreme Court. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.”
GREENBELT, MARYLAND – Nicholas John Roske, the man arrested near the home of Brett Kavanaugh, has plead not guilty to one count of attempting to assassinate a Justice of the US Supreme Court. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) June 22, 2022
Police officials allege that Roske made his way across state lines with the sole intention to try and kill Kavanaugh.
“According to the one-count indictment and other court documents, on June 8, 2022, Roske intended to kill an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” read a press release from the DOJ. “Court documents alleges that Roske traveled from California to Maryland, intending to kill the Supreme Court Justice, arriving at the residence of a current Justice of the Supreme Court in the early morning hours of June 8, 2022.”
If convicted, Roske will be looking down the barrel of a maximum sentence of life in prison for trying to assassinate a SCOTUS justice.
“The indictment includes a forfeiture allegation seeking the forfeiture of a firearm, two magazines loaded with 10 rounds each of 9mm ammunition; 17 rounds of ammunition contained in a plastic bag, a black speed loader, and additional items allegedly intended to be used in the commission of the crime,” continued the DOJ.
One DOJ affidavit stated that Roske made the trip out to Kavanaugh’s house while armed to the teeth and carrying burglary tools with the sole intent to try and kill him in order to stop him from voting on a ruling about the Second Amendment and abortion cases.
“On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two United States Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of the Montgomery County, Maryland, residence of a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court” stated the affidavit.
Police officials claimed that Roske made a call to 911 after sighting a pair of marshals and spoke about his suicidal thought, stated he had a gun in his suitcase and had made the trip from California in order to murder “a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.”
Shortly after this call, police took Roske into custody near the justices private home without incident.
“An inventory search of the seized suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, paper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items,” continued the affidavit.
Roske stated to police that he was quite upset about the “leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.” he also indicated that “he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” concluded the affidavit. “Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”