Thursday, September 11, 2008
Leahy Moves To Re-Up Supreme Court Police Powers
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved today to re-authorize the power of the Supreme Court police to protect justices and other court officials when they are outside the court’s grounds.
The authority expires at the end of the year if Congress doesn’t act.
“If Congress fails to pass this legislation before it adjourns, the lives of the Supreme Court justices could be threatened,” committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. (pictured), said in a statement. “This is a bill that should pass by unanimous consent.”
The bill would extend the police's authority for another five years.