Hawaii judge who blocked travel ban target of threats

2017-03-24 14:24
(Jeff Chiu, AP)

(Jeff Chiu, AP)

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Honolulu — The FBI says authorities are aware that the federal judge in Hawaii, who ruled against President Donald Trump's travel ban, has received threatening messages.

FBI spokesperson Michele Ernst said on Thursday the agency is aware of reports of threatening messages against US District Judge Derrick Watson and is prepared to help if necessary.

Watson blocked the federal government from enforcing its ban on new visas for people from six, mostly Muslim countries and its suspension of the nation's refugee programme.

He issued his ruling last week hours before the travel ban was to go into effect.

The US Marshals Service is responsible for protecting federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors.

The service says marshals don't discuss specific security measures but does provide additional protection when warranted.


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