After Judges’ Criticism, U.S. Marshals Chief Quits


Facing criticism about judicial security lapses and his leadership from federal judges and some members of Congress, U.S. Marshals Service Director Benigno Reyna has announced his resignation, the Washington Post reports. Judges publicly criticized Reyna’s management after a frustrated litigant broke into the Chicago home of U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow in February and killed her husband and mother. They complained that Reyna had failed to devote staff and money to protecting judges and was channeling resources into other projects.

Formerly chief of the 130-member police force in Brownsville, Tex., Reyna has headed the Marshals Service since October 2001. He quickly faced skepticism from judges and regional U.S. marshals about his experience for the job. The agency had a staff of 4,200 and a budget of $733 million in 2004. Judge Lefkow last month urged senators to ensure that the agency takes its job seriously and begins analyzing threats to judges. The agency’s division of threat analysis was disbanded in the 1990s. Five assassinations of judges and family members in 25 years “tells us that something is wrong in the judicial protection area,” Lefkow said.


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