Federal Judges Not Well Protected, Inspector Says


USA Today reports that a Justice Department investigation of the U.S. Marshals Service shows that the nation’s federal judges may not be adequately protected.

The U.S. Marshals Service has “significant shortcomings” in its ability to assess threats and collect and analyze intelligence, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Monday.

Glenn Fine, the inspector general, said the agency relies on outdated threat assessment procedures.

The Marshals Service is responsible for protecting the nation’s 2,000 federal judges and magistrates. It also transports federal prisoners, executes federal warrants, tracks fugitives and administers the federal witness protection program.

The report focused, among other problems, on a Marshals Service database that ranks the seriousness of a threat to help determine how much protection a judge should receive.

Fine said the threat assessments are suspect because the database has not been updated since 1996 and lacks information about threats posed by terrorists.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-03-15-judge-security_x.htm

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