Legal Times – 14 Arrested In Death Penalty Protest at Supreme Court

Inside, the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in a dusty federal tax case. Outside, police were arresting 14 death penalty protesters who unfurled a 30-foot wide banner with the message “STOP EXECUTIONS!” on the Court’s marble plaza. One by one this morning, the demonstrators were escorted or dragged away for violating the federal law (40 U.S.C. 6135) that forbids “processions or assemblages” on Supreme Court grounds.

The protest marked the 35th anniversary of the Utah execution by firing squad of Gary Gilmore, the first execution since the high court’s reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. It was a repeat of a similar demonstration five years ago, and in between, numerous others — from Princeton philosopher Cornel West to demonstrators dressed like Guantanamo detainees — have been arrested in the same location.

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