NLJ reports (w/a slide show): Supreme Court Protest Ends in 18 Arrests
Eighteen protesters were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday morning after displaying a large "STOP EXECUTIONS!" banner calling for an end to capital punishment in America.
The demonstration was timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1977 execution by firing squad of Garry Gilmore, the first since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. Similar protests have taken place every five years and have almost become a ritual that ends with the arrests. Federal law prohibits displaying banners and "moving in procession" on Supreme Court grounds.