Native Hawaiian Judge Receiving Death Threats after Order Stopping Travel Ban

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A Pacific Islander judge who issued a temporary restraining order last week to stop President Trump’s executive order banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries is receiving death threats.

Judge Derrick Watson of the District of Hawaii is now under 24 hour protection due to the threats.

“The US Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” the agency said to Buzz Feed News. “While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted.”

According to Hawaii News Now, about a dozen U.S. Marshal officers have been flown into Hawaii to provide the extra security.

Judge Derrick Watson is of the Federal District Court of Hawaii

The threats began coming in shortly after Watson’s order which stated “The illogic of the government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed,”

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