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May 2007

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House Hearing on Court Security Bill

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a May 3, 2007, hearing on H.R. 660, the “Court Security Improvement Act of 2007.” Judge David B. Sentelle (photo right), chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security, testified on behalf of the federal Judiciary. “The judicial security issues contained in the Act continue to be critically important to the federal courts,” Sentelle told the subcommittee. “Whenenacted,” he said, “this bill will contribute significantly to the security of federal judges and their families.”

Also testifying at the hearing were Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals and John F. Clark, director of the U.S. Marshals Service (photo left.) Last month, the Senate passed its version of the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007, S. 378. Both the House and Senate bills contain several important Judicial Conference-supported security provisions, including new penalties for the malicious filing of fictitious liens and a requirement that the U.S Marshals Service consult with the Conference on matters relating to court security.