Two gays married by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a prominent opera star and “his conductor husband” – have been arrested on rape accusations after a young musician claimed “he was left bleeding from the rectum after blacking out at an after-show party” with them.
David Daniels, 52, and Scott Walters, 37, were taken into custody in Michigan, where they live, reported the Daily Mail of London.
They were being held pending extradition to Houston.
Samuel Shultz came forward last year with the claim that he was raped after a musical performance there in 2010.
“In his complaint, Schultz, who was 23 at the time, described how he rarely drinks but accepted a drink from Daniels once they got back to the home the couple was staying in,” the report said.
WND reported last year when the claim Daniels and Walters drugged and raped the student arose.
Their marriage ceremony performed by Ginsburg in 2014 was highly publicized. Ginsburg later cast a decisive vote in the Supreme Court case in 2015 establishing a right to same-sex marriage, rejecting the will of millions of voters in many states.
She also publicly advocated for same-sex marriage as the case was under review. She told an interviewer it would not be a big adjustment for Americans to recognize homosexual marriage. She then ignored a formal request to recuse herself from the case, since she already had signaled her position.
Officials at the University of Michigan also confirmed at that time Daniels is on leave from his duties there.
Schultz claims he want to a party with the duo and accepted a drink. He says he was left unconscious and woke the next afternoon in a strange bed, disoriented, in pain and bleeding.
Reports said Schultz, a 23-year-old graduate student at Rice University, kept his experience secret for years because he feared repercussions.
“Emboldened by both the #MeToo movement and upon learning that Daniels had made tenure at the University of Michigan – where he’d be in close personal contact with young aspiring singers – Schultz filed a complaint with the U-M Police Department’s special victims unit in July. Authorities in Michigan, in turn, passed the complaint on to the Houston Police Department,” the report said.
He alleged he met Daniels and Walters in 2010 at a party for Houston Grand Opera’s run of “Xerxes.” It was at a corporate apartment where they were staying that he accepted a drink.
Walters and Daniels deny the claims.
A lawyer for the two told the Daily Mail they are innocent. He accused Schultz of trying to make a name for himself.
WND reported at the time the Supreme Court was considering the marriage case that there were calls for both Ginsburg and Associate Justice Elena Kagan to recuse themselves.
Fox News reported they were urged to recuse themselves because they both tacitly endorsed same-sex marriage by performing ceremonies. Also cited was Kagan’s prior work to promote homosexual rights and Ginsburg’s public commentary on the issue.
The Foundation for Moral Law filed a motion asking for their recusal, but the justices did not respond.
Also, the American Family Association conducted a campaign urging citizens to explain to their representatives in Congress why the two justices shouldn’t participate in the case.
“U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies,” the campaign letter stated.
“Both of these justices’ personal and private actions actively endorsing gay marriage clearly indicate how they would vote on same-sex marriage cases already before the Supreme Court,” AFA said.
But there was a simple solution, AFA contended.
“Congress has directed that federal judicial officers must disqualify themselves from hearing cases in specified circumstances. Title 28, Section 455 of the United States Code states ‘any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.’
“Both Kagan and Ginsburg have not only been partial to same-sex marriage, they have proven themselves to be activists in favor of it! … Urge your members of Congress to privately and publicly call on Justices Kagan and Ginsburg to properly and legally recuse themselves from cases involving same-sex marriage,” the campaign said.
Ginsburg had publicly voiced her opinion, as WND reported.
The far-left justice revealed her preferences in a Bloomberg News interview when she said it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans “should the justices say gay marriage is constitutional.”
“How can Ginsburg possibly think that it’s proper judicial conduct for her to speak out on this issue while the marriage case is pending before the court?” asked National Review columnist Ed Whelan. “If she had any sense of her duty to maintain both the appearance and the reality of impartiality, she would recognize that she is now obligated to recuse herself from the case.
“But of course she won’t.”
Without either of those two votes, the same-sex marriage case would have failed.