Souter Assault Believed Random; Injuries Minor

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The assault on Supreme Court Justice David Souter recalled rare attacks on justices, who live their private lives without police at their side, says USA Today. Souter, 64, received minor injuries Friday night when he was attacked by at least two young men while jogging near his home in southwest Washington, D.C. Officials belive the attack was random. The neighborhood is in an area that includes high-priced townhouses and public housing projects.

In 1996, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s purse was snatched as she was returning home from a restaurant. In 1985, a bullet shattered a window at the suburban Virginia apartment of Justice Harry Blackmun. In 1982, Justice Byron White was punched in the head by a man who rushed up from the audience during a speech.

USA Today says that Chief Justice William Rehnquist is the only one of the nine court members who has a car and driver. The court police force has grown since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and now has 125 officers. The justices’ security is more like that provided senior leaders in Congress, who are sometimes accompanied by Capitol Police officers. The president, the vice president and selected other members of the executive branch have Secret Service protection.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-05-02-souter-usat_x.htm

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