Threats Against Judge In AZ Case Cited As Part Of Trend


Main Justice sees a trend in threats against judges, highlighted by those made against U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton, who sided with the U.S. Justice Department in a ruling against Arizona's immigration bill. “She has been inundated,” a U.S. Marshal told the The Arizona Republic. Improper communications and threats to federal prosecutors and federal judges more than doubled during the mid-2000's, according to an Office of the Inspector General report from earlier this year.

U.S. Marshals Service Director John Clark said the increased number of threats against judges was related to the wide availability of information about judges and the publication of their decisions on the Internet. “In today's world, there are more individuals who are more prone to threatening judges. I think a lot of it has to do with the availability of information with the use of technology and the Internet. Individuals can find out more about particular cases and judges decisions. They can use Internet sources to find out more about the judge. So if someone is prone to want to threaten someone, there are a number of ways they can find material about a judge.”

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