FACT CHECK: Is This Video Of Fences Around The Supreme Court Recent?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a video of fencing that was recently installed around the U.S. Supreme Court.

Verdict: False

The video was taken in 2022.

Fact Check:

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on former President Donald Trump’s claim of immunity by the end of the month, CNN reported. Trump’s other appeal, a gag order appeal, is also expected to receive a ruling soon from the trial’s judge after being denied to be heard by The Court of Appeals, according to AP News.

A post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, purportedly shows that new fences have been erected around the U.S. Supreme Court. The camera pans and walks near the front of the building showing the fences while a photo of the Supreme Court is superimposed in the corner.

The caption reads, “BREAKING NEWS: A fence is being installed in the U.S. Supreme Court. The last time this happened was prior to the Roe v Wade decision.”

The claim is inaccurate. The video dates back to 2022 with the caption setting it at the time of the Roe v. Wade decision. The Associated Press also shared photos of the fence in May of 2022. (RELATED: X Image Of Woman Holding Pro-Jewish Sign Is From 2020 Article, Not Linked To Israel-Hamas War)

Reports at time indicated that the fences were erected after a draft of a Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade was leaked, according to AP News. 

During the months that preceded the decision, Supreme Court Justices received death threats, The Washington Post reported. One incident occurred that resulted in the arrest of an armed man who had approached the home of Justice Bert Kavanaugh, according to the outlet.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim The Economist published a cover featuring a crosshair on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter