Threats Against Judges Up; Marshals Do New Video


Prompted by a stream of threats against federal judges, the U.S. Marshals Service is ramping up efforts to protect them by issuing a new training video to more than 7,000 criminal justice officials, reports USA Today. Threats against federal judges and prosecutors are on pace to increase for the sixth consecutive year in 2009 to more than 1,300.

The video was not immediately available for public viewing. It was shown Thursday at a national conference on court and judicial security in Florida where authorities also discussed changes to such things as courthouse design and construction to help reduce the heightened threat level. The video is expected to be distributed to judges and prosecutors later this year.

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