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Supreme Court: Marble Steps to Nowhere

Security tightening at nation’s highest court



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    Starting Wednesday, you’ll no longer be able to pass under the words, “Equal Justice Under the Law,” when entering the U.S. Supreme Court building.

    Those big bronze doors adorning the front entrance to the nation’s highest court will soon only be decoration from the outside.  Visitors will have to go inside the building through side door underneath the marble steps.

    Tightening security is behind the entrance change.  Once inside the side doors, everyone will have to stand in line to be screened, not unlike procedures at most airports.  Guards will check for guns, knives, explosives or any other potentially deadly materials.

    While it may be keeping everyone safer, at least two justices are upset about the change. Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg point out that removing the main entrance misses the point of what the Supreme Court stands for: access for all.

    The front doors of the court will still be used for those leaving the First Street NE building.