Finally Fixing the Marshals Service
Nearly 18 months ago, when the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow were killed in their home in Chicago, the nation's spotlight shone briefly on the inability of the U.S. Marshals Service to adequately protect the judiciary. And while it became clear then (as it is now) that no security scheme can protect all judges in all circumstances, it also became clear that the Marshals had not done nearly enough with the oodles of money it had been given by Congress in the wake of 9/11.
That, finally, may be changing. USA Today this morning is reporting that the Marshals are bolstering their investigative and computer services in order to combat a spike in threats against federal judges (and state judges, too). This is a long overdue expansion of the ability of the service to track threats and to prevent rather than simply react to cowardly (and usually heinous) attacks upon judges. And it will have to be to make a dent in the huge spike in threats-- up 63 percent in 2005 from 2003-- according to the USA Today.
What I'd like to know is what has caused this rise in threats. Has it been caused by concerted political attacks upon the authority and independence of the judiciary? Has it been caused by the disrespect shown by elected officials to judges whose legal opinions they don't happen to agree with? Is the Internet and talk radio to blame? Or have the Marshals simply changed their methods of tracking or defining threats. I will try to find out and get back to you.
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