Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Robbed by Machete-Wielding Intruder in Carribean

Feb 13, 2012 4:21pm
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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed at knife point in his vacation home on the Caribbean island of Nevis Feb. 9,  according to a court spokeswoman, although he’s not the first Supreme Court  justice become a victim of crime. In 2004, Justice David Souter was mugged while jogging, and in 1966, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had her purse snatched.

Breyer was with his wife,  Joanna Breyer, and guests when an intruder armed with a machete broke into their  home. The intruder  took $1,000 but no one was hurt.

Supreme Court Justices receive government protection  when outside  Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Marshals Service. According to an FBI spokesman, “The FBI is assisting the Royal St. Kitt and Nevis Police force with the investigation. ”

The Supreme Court is currently on break. The justices will meet behind closed doors this Friday for their conference and will take the bench to hear arguments on  Feb. 21. Breyer is no longer on Nevis, according to the Supreme Court spokeswoman.

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