A United States Supreme Court justice was attacked while vacationing on the Caribbean island of Nevis, reports CNN. Court officials confirm that Justice Breyer was robbed by an assailant armed with a machete.
Nevis is a part of the island chain known as the Leeward Isles and is located in the West Indies about 350 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.
Breyer, 78, owns a vacation home on the popular island destination. He, his wife and two other guests were enjoying an evening at the tropical villa when an unknown male broke into the house and stole $1,000 cash before fleeing the scene.
The U.S. Marshals Service is supposed to provide protection to travelling Supreme Court Justices much in the same way the Secret Service protects the president. A spokesman for the Marshals said the Service is aware of a violent incident involving a sitting Justice on Nevis and is assisting local law enforcement to catch the perpetrator.
Breyer has not commented on the matter and the Supreme Court Police have refused to confirm whether or not the justice and his wife have returned to the United States. The rest of the justices are scheduled to meet this Friday to discuss pending cases on the Court docket. It is assumed that Justice Breyer will be present for that meeting.
Justice Breyer was appointed by President Clinton to sit on the high court in 1994. At the time, he was viewed as a moderate jurist and a compromise appointment between the Democratic President and Republican-controlled house led by Speaker Newt Gingrich. Since then he has become viewed as one of the Court's few remaining liberal stalwarts, often voting with fellow Clinton-appointee Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.