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Court Security Improvement Act of 2007

Letter to Aaron Zelman from Ryan Horsely


Mr. Aaron Zelman,

Our attorneys and I met yesterday with US Marshal Judicial Security Inspector David A. Meyer. Inspector Meyer cited the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007, he indicated that he had some concerns regarding individuals releasing personal information about the ATF employees in our case. Inspector Meyer asked me to contact you in regards to posting any information with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or incite the commission of a crime of violence against that covered official, which I have never seen on your web site. Here is Mr. Meyer's information if you have any questions -

David A. Meyer
(208) 334-9462
dave.meyer@usdoj.gov

Here is the information in that section:

SEC. 202. PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS PERFORMING CERTAIN OFFICIAL DUTIES. (a) Offense- Chapter 7 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

Sec. 119. Protection of individuals performing certain official duties

(a) In General- Whoever knowingly makes restricted personal information about a covered official, or a member of the immediate family of that covered official, publicly available--

  • (1) with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or incite the commission of a crime of violence against that covered official, or a member of the immediate family of that covered official; or
  • (2) with the intent and knowledge that the restricted personal information will be used to threaten, intimidate, or facilitate the commission of a crime of violence against that covered official, or a member of the immediate family of that covered official, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

(b) Definitions- In this section--

  • (1) the term 'restricted personal information' means, with respect to an individual, the Social Security number, the home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, that individual;
  • (2) the term 'covered official' means--

(A) an individual designated in section 1114; or

(B) a grand or petit juror, witness, or other officer in or of, any court of the United States, or an officer who may be serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate;

  • (3) the term 'crime of violence' has the meaning given the term in section 16; and
  • (4) the term 'immediate family' has the meaning given the term in section 115(c)(2).

(b) Clerical Amendment - The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 7 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

119. Protection of individuals performing certain official duties.

Thank you again,

Ryan


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