Attorney General Wants Judge Protection Legislation

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined a bipartisan group of 51 attorneys general in backing legislation to protect the safety of federal judges and their families.

In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, the attorneys general encourage passage of legislation that would protect the confidentiality of personal identifying information of members of the federal judiciary in public records, and limit the distribution of that information online and by data brokers.

The letter was signed by 46 state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and four territories.

The attorneys general wrote that in addition to the killing of a judge this past summer, four federal judges have been murdered since 1979, and two family members of another judge were killed in an attack at their home in 2005.

The attorneys general state that incidents, inappropriate communications, and threats against federal judges and others protected by the U.S. Marshals Service increased to 4,449 in 2019 from 2,357 in 2016.