Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

February 11th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Political

FILE - This March 12, 2013 file still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse in Seattle. Online abuse of Robart, who temporarily derailed President Donald Trump's travel ban, has raised safety concerns, according to experts who are worried that the president's attacks on the judiciary could make judges a more inviting target. (United States Courts via AP,File)

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SEATTLE (AP) - When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country.

Now experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary could make judges a more inviting target.

John Muffler is a former U.S. marshal who teaches security at the National Judicial College in Nevada. He says the president's critical comments have consequences because "people on the edge can easily be pushed over the edge once the rhetoric gets going."

Judges are guarded at their courthouse offices, but most do not receive protection at home or out in the community, unless they are threatened or handling sensitive cases.

The White House says Trump has "no regrets" about his criticism.

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