Man faces federal indictment in Maryland for attempted murder of Supreme Court justice


A federal jury returned an indictment indicting Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, on federal charges of attempted murder of a United States judge, specifically, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. An initial appearance for Roske has not yet been scheduled.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department; and US Marshal Johnny Hughes.

According to the one-count indictment and other court documents, on June 8, 2022, Roske intended to kill a Supreme Court associate justice. Court documents allege that Roske traveled from California to Maryland with the intent to kill the Supreme Court justice and arrived at the residence of a current Supreme Court justice in the early morning hours of June 8, 2022.

The indictment includes a forfeiture allegation seeking the forfeiture of a firearm, two magazines loaded with 10 rounds each of 9mm ammunition; 17 rounds of ammunition contained in a plastic bag, a black quick charger and additional items presumably intended to be used in the commission of the crime.

If convicted, Roske faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison for attempting to assassinate a United States judge. Actual sentences for federal crimes are often less than the maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the US Sentencing Guidelines and other legal factors.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI, the Montgomery County Police Department, the US Marshals Service and the United States Supreme Court Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant US Attorney Kathleen O. Gavin, who is prosecuting the federal case.

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