Nicholas Roske: Lawyers for man accused of trying to kill Judge Kavanaugh have no concerns about his abilities


Attorneys for the man accused of trying to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told a federal judge Wednesday they have no concerns about their client’s abilities.

During a status conference in the case against Nicholas Roske, Maryland federal judge Peter J. Messitte told defense attorneys there was a “very high likelihood” he would order a mental evaluation for Roske after the next update from both sides on the status of the case. in 45 days

Earlier this year, Roske flew from California to Washington, D.C., with a gun, ammunition and burglary tools, allegedly with the intention of killing Kavanaugh, according to an FBI affidavit, telling law enforcement he was upset by the Supreme Court’s draft opinion. along with abortion rights, gun control, and the upcoming ruling on the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. He has declared himself innocent.

Asked if the judge had any concerns about Roske’s mental capacity, Roske’s attorney Andrew Szekely said no.

Messitte said he will have to be satisfied with Roske’s competence if the parties decide to strike a deal. Likewise, the judge said that, if no plea agreement has been accepted at the end of 45 days, the schedule for the trial should begin to be determined.

Roske, flanked by a deputy U.S. marshal in a red jail uniform, answered several basic court questions Wednesday, telling Messitte that his last job was as a substitute teacher and that he was taking some medication in jail.

Asked if he knew where he was right now, Roske said, “A federal courthouse.”

At an event in Washington on Tuesday night, Justice Samuel Alito announced last spring’s Roe v. He called the leak of his draft opinion to overturn Wade a “gross betrayal” and a “shock,” saying it put the lives of some conservative Supreme Court justices on the line. in danger

Alito said the leaks made judges who were believed to be in the majority “targets for assassination” because it gave some people reason to avoid releasing the final opinion “in case one of us gets killed.” ”