Armed man arrested near US justice's home

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An armed man who made threats against conservative US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been arrested near the justice's home in Maryland, a court spokeswoman says.

The Washington Post reported that the man, who it said was in his mid-20s, was angry about a draft opinion leaked last month signalling that the court was preparing to overturn the Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion across the country.

"At approximately 1.50am today, a man was arrested near Justice Kavanaugh's residence. The man was armed and made threats against Justice Kavanaugh," court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said.

The Supreme Court building has been surrounded by high black fencing since the leak of that decision, which court officials said was authentic but a preliminary draft that did not necessarily represent the final decision.

The draft decision triggered protests in Washington DC and other cities by abortion rights supporters.

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