Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week at his vacation home in the Caribbean island of Nevis by an intruder wielding a machete. Justice Breyer’s wife and two others were in the vacation home at the time, and nobody was hurt, court officials said; $1,000 in cash was taken.
“Attacks on members of the federal judiciary are not new,” a CNN article said, and it mentioned an assault on then-Justice David Souter by a group of young males in 2004, when he was jogging alone; and an attack on Justice Byron White while delivering a speech in Utah in 1982. “That incident led to regular protection by U.S. marshals for members of the court when they travel,” CNN said.
In 2011, Federal Judge John Roll of Arizona was slain in a shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed five others (see Gavel Grab).