An unmarked Supreme Court police vehicle was set on fire yesterday in a metaphor that was probably a bit too on the nose.
With the Court wrapping up its Term on the back of a high-profile punt, a milquetoast dodge, and a Trojan Horse opinion, things were quiet at the Supreme Court except for the occasional hospitalization and state-sanctioned killing.
But that tranquility was broken when an unidentified man lit up the parking lot:
“An individual poured an accelerant on and set on fire an unmarked Supreme Court police vehicle parked on Maryland Ave. near First Street, NE. The car was totally burned and an adjacent Court vehicle was also damaged,” said Kathy Arberg, the court’s public information officer, in a statement to CNN. “The individual suffered burns in the process. He was taken into custody by Supreme Court Police and was transported by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.”
I guess decades of established precedent aren’t the only things going up in smoke at the Supreme Court these days.
Man in custody after Supreme Court police vehicle set on fire [CNN]
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