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Californian man facing federal charges for attempted murder of U.S. Supreme Court justice

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | A criminal complaint was filed on Wednesday bringing against a man from California federal charges of attempted murder of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt of Maryland Wednesday afternoon.

According to an affidavit, on June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two U.S. 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 Kavanaugh’s residence.

The individual — later identified as Roske — looked at the two Deputy U.S. Marshals, who were standing next to their parked vehicle, and then turned to walk down the street.

Roske was later detained by police after he called an emergency center in which he told it that he had a firearm in his suitcase, was having suicidal thoughts and had intentions to kill Kavanaugh.

A search of his suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, a pepper spray and other items.

Roske allegedly told detectives that he was 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.

Kavanaugh, a conservative, is purportedly included in the majority for the Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion, a copy of which was obtained and published by Politico last month.

The Uvalde rampage left 19 children and two teachers dead about two weeks ago.

If convicted, Roske faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for attempted murder of a U.S. judge.

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Xinhua