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US Department of Justice backs measures to strengthen protections for judges

June 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Wednesday the Justice Department supports congressional legislation to strengthen protections for federal judges, as legal professionals face threats and to growing intimidation.

Garland, the top law enforcement official in the United States, offered his support for a bill that won final congressional approval on Tuesday that would bolster the security of the nine Supreme Court justices and to a second bill that remains stalled on Capitol Hill aimed at increasing security and privacy for all federal governments. judges and their families.

“The Department of Justice takes any violence, criminal threat of violence, intimidation (or) harassment of judges or any government official extremely seriously,” Garland said at a press conference. “We moved quickly to provide 24/7 protection to the judges, including at their residences.”

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The White House has said President Joe Biden will sign into law the measure passed by lawmakers offering more security to Supreme Court justices. Read more

Protesters have demonstrated outside the homes of some judges since a draft notice leaked last month saying they were set to overturn a landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion across the country. A California man carrying a handgun, ammunition, a crowbar and pepper spray was arrested outside the home of Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland on June 8 and charged with attempted murder. Read more

The second bill was prompted by an attack last year by a gunman that killed the son of New Jersey-based U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. Garland said he met with Salas and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Richard Sullivan, who chairs a security policy development committee for the U.S. federal court.

At that meeting, Garland said he “pledged our full support as well as our support for the legislation they are seeking.” Garland said the Justice Department is also “extremely supportive” of Supreme Court security legislation passed by Congress.

The US Marshals Service said judges received 4,511 threats and inappropriate communications in 2021. read more

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch in Washington and Costas Pitas; additional reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Will Dunham and Katharine Jackson

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