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The Senate this week approved legislation to protect the families of Supreme Court Justices. The legislation, if passed by the House, would authorize the Supreme Court Marshal to protect the families of the Justices and not just the Justices themselves.
This step is necessary but not enough. Like all federal judges, the Justices’ home addresses and other personally identifiable information (“PII”) are available to the public on the internet, which makes us all vulnerable to attack and retribution.
But while the House should swiftly pass this legislation, I don’t believe it goes far enough. All federal judges remain vulnerable and at risk. Like the Justices, we rule on the most serious and sensitive issues.
As federal judges we stand on the frontline protecting democracy and the rule of law. We live in daily danger of retribution. That information must be shielded, for all federal judges. The time has come for Congress to ensure our federal judiciary is protected.
I understand the importance of this issue through personal tragedy. Nearly two years ago, my only child, Daniel, was murdered at