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DeSantis signs bill banning protests outside someone’s home


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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill banning protests outside an individual’s residence, citing protesters who have shown up outside the homes of several Supreme Court justices in recent weeks.

Under the new law, protesters can only be arrested if they ignore orders from a law enforcement officer to disperse.

“Sending unruly mobs into private residences, as we have seen with the angry mobs outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said in a statement Monday.

“This bill will provide protection for people living in residential communities and I am happy to sign it.”

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Violators can be charged with a second degree misdemeanor and face a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.

Groups of protesters gathered outside the homes of Supreme Court justices after a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade leaked to Politico earlier this month.

U.S. Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S., February 24, 2022.
(REUTERS/Marco Bello)

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The Senate last week unanimously passed the Supreme Court’s Parity Policing Act, which would provide 24-hour security for judges and their families, but the House has yet to vote on it. topic.

Alito’s leaked draft does not represent the court’s final opinion, and it could change before a decision is made later in the term.

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