Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

Do you think this is a good reason to be charged with a federal crime?

Posted by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • 29 Replies

Supreme Court spectator interrupts justices

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/politics/supreme-court-disturbance/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court was the scene of an unusual disturbance during its public session on Wednesday, when a man interrupted an oral argument.

The incident occurred near the end of debate between the nine justices on the bench and counsel, in a case over attorney fees in patent disputes.

A man in a suit and dark tie rose from near the back of the marbled courtroom, and began loudly talking.

Witnesses said he spoke about the need to keep campaign finance reform laws in place to regulate election spending and contributions.

"Money is not speech," he reportedly said. "Overturn 'Citizens United!'" referring to a 2010 high court decision loosening a century of federal restrictions on corporate spending by "independent" groups like businesses and unions.

He was only able say a few words before police escorted him from the courtroom, and did not resist.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg identified the man as Noah Newkirk of Los Angeles.

Newkirk has been charged with violating federal law that makes it a crime to "harangue" or utter "loud threatening or abusive language in the Supreme Court Building."

The justices ignored the incident.

The court's official written transcript of the argument made no mention of the remarks.

Such outbursts are rare.

Court officials say the last time it happened was eight years ago, during an oral argument over a federal law restricting a certain type of later-term abortion procedure.

A similar interruption occurred about two decades ago.

The courtroom has about 330 seats available to the public. Court security instructs spectators before each public session to remain seated, not to speak, or demonstrate.

Signs also are not allowed, nor are any electronics or cameras.

by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM
3 moms liked this

 His outburst wasn't threatening or abusive, no it shouldn't be a federal crime

nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM
1 mom liked this

He was charged with a federal crime because it happened on federal property.  It's well-known that there are high expectations for behavior in ANY court room, and I'm sure the man knew exactly what he was doing and what would result.

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM
2 moms liked this

Depends on how other outbursts were handled.  If a precendent has been established, then perhaps.  

But, like everything else there might be more to this story than what we are reading. 

idunno1234
by Silver Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM
1 mom liked this

I don't know if he should be charged with a federal crime- seems out of proportion to his actions, but I sure do agree wtih him.  Citizens United was the beginning of the end to any semblance of our political system working the way its supposed to.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM
4 moms liked this
It's a federal crime because it's a federal jurisdiction, not because of the severity.
UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

 I guess what i am asking is wether or not you think it should be.

Quoting LauraKW: It's a federal crime because it's a federal jurisdiction, not because of the severity.

 

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Do you think its a good reason? I'm looking for opinions, the facts are pretty well stated in the article.

Quoting nelopyma:

He was charged with a federal crime because it happened on federal property.  It's well-known that there are high expectations for behavior in ANY court room, and I'm sure the man knew exactly what he was doing and what would result.

 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM
They should drop it. And maybe they will. ..arrest him and maje the charge, teach people a lesson, abd let it fade away.
Mommabearbergh
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM
I think the charge is a bit to severe.
tanyainmizzou
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Yes I do.

Quoting UpSheRises:

 I guess what i am asking is wether or not you think it should be.


Quoting LauraKW: It's a federal crime because it's a federal jurisdiction, not because of the severity.

 

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)