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Trump attacks raise safety concerns for judges

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM


When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country, and experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary could make judges a more inviting target.

US District Judge James Robart imposed the temporary restraining order that halted enforcement of Trump's ban last week.

The president soon sent a tweet saying the opinion of "this so-called judge" was "ridiculous and will be overturned."

Robart quickly became a target on social media. Someone on Twitter called him a "DEAD MAN WALKING" and another on Facebook suggested that he be imprisoned at the military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, "where other enemies of the US are held."