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Stephen Breyer's Home Robbed, Silver Snatched From Supreme Court Justice's Georgetown House

Posted: Updated: 05/18/2012 9:41 am

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's home in Georgetown was robbed earlier this month, according to The Washington Post:

...[T]he burglar appears to have entered by breaking a pane of glass near the front door; a pair of $500 silver candlesticks and a 100-piece set of silver valued at $2,500 were taken.

A housekeeper discovered the break in. Although the silver was stolen, no court material was taken.

In February, Breyer was robbed by an intruder with a machete while vacationing on the Caribbean island of Nevis. About $1,000 was stolen in that incident, the court said following that incident.

As The Huffington Post reported following the February incident:

Breyer, 73, has had previous mishaps while vacationing, but those have involved accidents rather than crimes. Last May, he broke his collarbone when he fell from his bicycle while riding in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1993, a year before he joined the Court, he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Harvard Square, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung.

Supreme Court justices do not receive Secret Service protection.

As Slate pointed out after Justice David Souter was mugged near his home in Southwest Washington in 2004, when a justice has protection is complex and often depends on the security situation. The U.S. Supreme Court Police protects them at the court, and "have been available to guard the justices wherever they may roam" off the court grounds, Slate explained at the time. When traveling, U.S. marshals are sometimes used to protect the justices.

In 1996, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was robbed while walking home from the Kennedy Center. A man in a blue-and-white satin jacket snatched her "faded 10-year-old leather purse," according to reports at the time.

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