"Threats and inappropriate communications to federal judges, U.S. Attorneys, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) have increased dramatically during the past several years, growing from 592 in fiscal year (FY) 2003 to 1,278 in FY 2008. Overall, during this 6-year period, there were 5,744 threats directed at these federal officials. United States Marshals Service (USMS) district offices have primary responsibility for ensuring the safety and security of federal judicial proceedings and protecting the more than 2,000 federal judges and approximately 5,250 other federal court officials, including U.S. Attorneys and AUSAs. Three other Department of Justice components - the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - are also involved in responding to these threats. [...] The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review to examine the USMS's response to threats made against federal judges and the USMS's, EOUSA's, and USAOs' handling of threats against U.S. Attorneys and AUSAs. This is the third OIG review to examine the protection of federal court officials. In this review, we examined the role and responsibilities of USMS district offices, procedures that USMS district offices employ to assess and respond to threats, and the roles of EOUSA and the USAOs in the protection of the U.S. Attorneys and AUSAs. Our review examined the 1,587 threats reported during FY 2007 and FY 2008. In addition, we conducted a detailed examination of 26 threats in four judicial districts that we visited."
Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. I-2010-002-R
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