US Marshals Issue Warning

( – In a testament to the aggressive attacks aimed at disrupting our judicial branch, the U.S. has witnessed a notable surge in grave threats directed at its federal judiciary and prosecutors.

The trend was identified through data gathered by the U.S. Marshals Service, which is tasked with ensuring the “security of federal court facilities and the safety of judges and other court personnel,” that observed a significant escalation in intimidations aimed at public officials largely due to a climate of political animosity.

The year 2023 alone recorded 457 critical threats against judges that prompted formal investigations by the Marshals Service. This number is a substantial increase from 300 in 2022 and 224 in 2021. Furthermore the data reveal a steady climb from 220 threats in 2020 and 179 in 2019.

Prosecutors have not been spared with 155 facing threats that called for investigative actions in 2023, a sharp rise from 93 in the preceding year. In 2021 the figure stood at 68, slightly lower than the 72 threats registered in 2020.

Marshals Director Ronald Davis told Reuters— the first to report these findings—that this uptick is intrinsically linked to the deep political rifts fragmenting the country.

This uptrend coincided with the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election that has seen several contentious legal battles.

Moreover threats have also been reported by officials entangled in different state and federal criminal and civil lawsuits.

Activists opposing the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade have similarly been implicated in issuing threats as noted by Reuters.

Davis expressed to the publication a mounting concern regarding the menace posed by political polarization and the venom spewed online. Unlike in previous times when dissatisfaction with a judicial ruling in a personal case was the usual source of grievances, the current wave of threats is predominantly politically motivated.

“The threat environment right now that is causing me concern is when people disagree with the judicial process or the government, and that turns into those verbal attacks,” Davis explained to Reuters. “And that is the beginning of the process that threatens the judiciary and threatens our democracy.”