On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked several key and controversial provisions of Arizona’s extreme new immigration law from taking effect. Within hours, the federal judge received "hundreds" of threats, many threatening physical harm or death, reports KPNX-TV.
"She has been inundated," said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, indicating his agents are taking some seriously. "About 99.9 percent of the inappropriate comments are people venting. They are exercising their First Amendment rights and a lot of it is perverted. But it’s that 0.1 percent that goes over the line that we are taking extra seriously." Gonzales would not say if any threats were coming from recognized hate groups or if Bolton had received threats at her home. Nor would he discuss any extra security measures, which U.S. marshals routinely provide federal judges. "It is policy at a juncture like this to increase security at the courthouse. Beyond that, I cannot discuss security matters," Gonzales said.
Meanwhile: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the progressive Arizona Democrat opposed to SB1070, was forced to close his Yuma office after a window was "shattered and a bullet [fired] inside."