In the latest stunning twist to the story of a California man accused of engaging in a plot to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Nicholas John Roske of California pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to a charge of attempting to assassinate the jurist, as Fox News reports.
The events at issue unfolded in the wee hours of June 8, when Roske, 26, is said to have appeared in the Maryland neighborhood in which Kavanaugh resides, and he was reportedly equipped with a knife, a pistol and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, duct tape, and burglary tools he said were meant to aid in his attack on the justice.
Reports at the time indicated that Roske also told police that the anger driving his actions stemmed from a leaked draft opinion from the high court that suggested the imminent reversal of the landmark abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade, adding that killing Kavanaugh would “give his life purpose,” as the New York Post noted.
On the day of the planned attack, Roske made his way to Kavanaugh’s neighborhood via taxi, and though he was observed by U.S. Marshals providing protection to the justices, his eventual apprehension resulted from his own 911 call in which he said he was in the grips of suicidal thoughts and also plotting to assassinate the justice.
In addition, Roske is said to have sent a text message to his sister, who may have played a role in convincing him to back away from his plans to kill Kavanaugh.
The Post noted that Roske, clad in loose-fitting prisoner garb, kept his head down during his court appearance on Wednesday, offering brief, concise answers to questions posed by federal Judge Ajmel Quereshi.
During the hearing, public defender Andrew Szekely affirmed to the judge that he had no complaints or issues to raise regarding the care and medical attention his client had received thus far while in custody.
A jury trial for Roske is, as of now, slated to begin on August 23, and if convicted, the defendant faces up to life in prison.
Though most Americans would expect an assassination attempt on a Supreme Court Justice to make front-page headlines for quite some time, the shameless mainstream media establishment has done its best to swiftly bury the story and provide virtually no coverage of the incident or its aftermath once again engaging in an egregious dereliction of the journalistic duties they so adamantly claim to uphold.