Court Security Improvement Act of 2007: A Legal Analysis of Public Law 110-177 (H.R. 660 and S. 378) [Updated January 14, 2008]   [open pdf - 178KB]

From the Summary: "The proposals of the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 (P.L. [Public Law] 110-177, H.R. 660 and S. 378), fall within one of four categories. One consists of amendments to existing federal criminal law. The bill increases the penalties for manslaughter committed during the course of an obstruction of justice and for witness intimidation and retaliation. It creates new federal crimes proscribing (1) the use of nuisance liens and encumbrances to harass federal officials; (2) the public disclosure of personal, identifying information concerning federal officials in order to intimidate them or incite crimes of violence against them; and (3) the possession of dangerous weapons in federal courthouses. […] A third authorizes grants for state witness protection programs; for increased security of state, territorial and tribal courts; and for acquisition of armored vests for state court officials. The fourth category consists of proposals whose relation to security may appear more tangential: procurement authority for the United States Sentencing Commission; life insurance costs for bankruptcy, magistrate, and territorial judges; the appointment and en banc participation for senior judges; and judgeships in the Ninth Circuit and District of Columbia Courts of Appeal. This report is available in an abridged version -- stripped of its footnotes, and most of its citations to authority -- as CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RS22607, 'Court Security Improvement Act of 2007: Public Law 110-177 (H.R. 660 and S. 378) in Brief', by Charles Doyle."

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