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The marshal of the Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to direct law enforcement to enforce state and county laws prohibiting picketing outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, according to letters obtained by CNN.

Col. Gail A Curley sent letters to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Republican Virginia Gov.

Glenn Youngkin, Democrat Marc Elrich, the county executive of Montgomery County, and Democrat Jeffrey McKay, Fairfax County board of supervisors’ chairman.

The letters, released by a court spokesperson on Saturday to reporters and sent as the court ended a blockbuster term which saw historic decisions on guns, abortion and climate, refer to protests that have taken place “for weeks on end.” Curley called in the letters for the officials to direct police to enforce the laws.

According to Curley, “large groups of protesters” have “picketed” justices’ homes in Maryland and Virginia, “chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums.”

“You recently stated that you were ‘deeply concerned’ that ‘hundreds of demonstrators have recently chosen to picket Supreme Court Justices at their homes in … Maryland,” the letter to Hogan by Curley said. “Since then, protest activity at the Justices’ homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased.”

In her letters to Maryland officials, Curley cited the June arrest near Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in the state of a man who was later charged by the Justice Department with attempting or threatening to kidnap or murder a US judge. The man had been armed, according to the FBI. Several Supreme Court justices live in Maryland and Virginia.

Elrich said in a statement Saturday his office had not received the letter and only learned about it in news reports. Elrich called the public release of the letter “troubling,” saying public discussion of security matters “is counterproductive, and using the media only further draws attention to the security of the Justices’ homes and neighborhoods.”

Elrich continued, “Quite frankly, discussing security concerns publicly is irresponsible and disappointing behavior.”

CNN reached out to the Supreme Court for comment on that.

Michael Ricci, the spokesperson for Hogan, responded in a statement to the letter, saying the governor would direct the Maryland State Police to “further review enforcement options,” while noting Maryland’s Attorney General has questioned the laws’ constitutionality. Ricci also lamented the perceived lack of federal help in enforcing the laws. US Marshals have assisted in provided security at justice’s homes.

Youngkin’s spokesperson Christian Martinez said in a statement the governor agrees with the need to enforce anti-picketing laws in front of the home’s of Supreme Court justices but pinned the lack of enforcement on local officials.

Youngkin “welcomes the Marshal of the Supreme Court’s request for Fairfax County to enforce state law as they are the primary enforcement authority for the state statute,” Martinez said.

Martinez added Youngkin is calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce any federal laws on the matter. CNN is reaching out to the US Department of Justice for comment on that.

CNN has reached out to McKay’s office for comment.

Protests over abortion rights

Protests began in May when a draft majority opinion overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was leaked and published by Politico, and armed guards were sent to provide 24-hour protection at the justices’ homes. When the high court ended Roe on June 24 — holding there was no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion — the protests continued.

Following the leak of the draft opinion in May, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo warning law enforcement there are potential threats to Supreme Court members and the court’s police have noticed a major uptick in social media threats of violence, with some prompting investigation.

Facing pressure from Republicans in Congress, Garland said last month the Justice Department was taking the threats against Supreme Court justices “extraordinarily seriously.”

Garland said at the time he met with the marshal of the Supreme Court, the FBI and others “to be sure that we were assessing all possible threats and providing all resources available.”

The Justice Department had declined to comment at the time on calls to enforce a federal law that essentially bans protesting outside a judge’s residence for the purpose of influencing them. The federal law is rarely enforced and broadly written.

President Joe Biden signed legislation last month to extend security protection for justices’ immediate family members.

Following the arrest near Kavanaugh’s house, Hogan said in a statement there had been “heightened security” at the homes of justices since May.

“It is vital to our constitutional system that the justices be able to carry out their duties without fear of violence against them and their families,” Hogan said. “We will continue to partner with both federal and local law enforcement officials to help ensure these residential areas are secure.”

Maryland law prohibits a person from “intentionally assembl(ing) with another in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to tranquility in the person’s home.”

Under a Montgomery County ordinance, an individual or group “must not picket in front of or adjacent to any private residence” but a group can be allowed to march in a residential area “without stopping at any particular private residence.” Picketing is defined as “to post a person or persons at a particular place to convey a message.”

In an interview last month, Marcus Jones, the chief of police in Montgomery County, told CNN there are “state and local laws that pertain to protests.”

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“They are allowed to be in the neighborhoods, but they must continuously walk, they cannot stand specifically in front of a neighborhood with signs and bullhorns and yelling at the residents,” Jones said about the rules for protesters. “They must not block sidewalks, and they must not block the streets.”

“If they violate any of those … particular regulations, then we will arrest them,” he added.


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THOUSANDS of fast-food chain workers are entitled to a payday over alleged shoddy workplace treatment by Chipotle.

The $20million payout to about 13,000 New York City workers is the biggest fair workweek settlement in US history and the largest worker protection settlement ever in the city.

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It stems from the Mexican food chain's alleged violations against its workers - preventing them from being given predictable work schedules and paid sick leave.

New York City's Mayor, Eric Adams, on Tuesday announced that Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the $20million to current and former workers for its violation of city labor laws.

Investigators said breaches to the city's Fair Workweek law, included failing to post work schedules 14 days in advance, as well as failing to pay a $100 premium for schedule changes.

They also said Chipotle failed to ensure there were at least 11 hours between shifts if workers were booked for two shifts on two consecutive days.

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Who is eligible for a payout?

The settlement between the city and Chipotle covers employees who worked at its New York City outlets between 2017 and this year.

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Chipotle will also pay $1million in civil penalties to the city.

For example, an employee who worked for Chipotle continuously for a year and a half (78 weeks) will receive $3,900.

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Employees who were employed with Chipotle on April 30, 2022, will receive a check in the mail along with a letter explaining how their amount was calculated.

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Those workers whose employment ended before April 30, 2022, will receive a notice by mail, email, and text message.

This will include how much money they will receive, how the amount was calculated, and how to file a claim online or via mail.

The settlement is the result of an investigation by the city's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

It comes after complaints filed by 160 Chipotle workers and Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, city officials said.

"Restaurants and fast food outlets are a critical part of our economy and our daily life here in New York City, but they cannot exist without the hard-working people who are cooking and serving and delivering our food," Adams said in a statement.

“Today’s settlement with Chipotle... sends a strong message, as the largest worker protection settlement in New York City history, that we won’t stand by when workers’ rights are violated," he added.

Chipotle acknowledged the settlement.

"We’re pleased to be able to resolve these issues and believe this settlement demonstrates Chipotle’s commitment to providing opportunities for all of our team members while also complying with the Fair Workweek law,” Scott Boatwright, Chipotle's chief restaurant officer, said.

Mr Boatwright added it has taken steps to improve compliance through measures such as improved time-keeping technology.

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