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Threats Against Fed Judges and Fed Prosecutors Spike in Past 6 years

judge and gavelBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Threats and “inappropriate communications” aimed at fed judges and fed prosecutors  have spiked in the past six years, according to a review by the Justice Department Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine.

The review found that such incidents jumped from 592 in fiscal 2003 to 1,278 in fiscal 2008,  and some aren’t “consistently and promptly reported” by judges and prosecutors.

The review also concluded that the U.S. Marshals Service “does not consistently provide an appropriate response for the risk level posed by the threat.  In addition, the (Marshals Service) does not fully or effectively coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to respond to threats against federal judicial officials.”

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