Supreme Court Justice David Souter suffered minor injuries when a group of young men assaulted him as he jogged on a city street, a court spokeswoman said Saturday.
The attack occurred about 9 p.m. Friday at 5th and N streets SW, D.C. police said.
Supreme Court police took Souter, 64, to a Washington hospital, where he was examined and released about 1 a.m. Saturday, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. She did not detail his injuries except to say they were minor.
Souter was not robbed, Arberg said.
It goes without saying that it’s good that Souter is apparently fine. But why on earth was the man out jogging at 9 p.m. on a Friday night in D.C.?! It’s not as if it’s the middle of summer and one has to run that late to escape the heat. This isn’t a good neighborhood, Mr. Justice. That goes double if you’re a 64-year-old man. And a Supreme Court Justice.
Update: CNN reports that the attack “appears random.”