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Florida man sentenced for threatening to murder Supreme Court justice

A Florida man was sentenced to 14 months in prison for threatening to kill a U.S. Supreme Court justice, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Neal Brij Sidhwaney, 43, pleaded guilty in December after making a phone call from Florida to the Supreme Court in July and leaving an expletive-filled voicemail twice threatening to kill an unnamed judge, according to the court docket. ‘charge. According to Politico, Sidhwaney identified Chief Justice John Roberts as his target during a psychological evaluation that was placed in court records but later sealed.

Sidhwaney pleaded guilty to transmitting an interstate death threat to a U.S. Supreme Court justice in December.

Threats against federal judges, including Supreme Court justices, have increased every year since 2019, as CBS News previously reported. Federal investigators responded to more than 400 threats against federal judges across the country in 2023, nearly 300 more than in 2019, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and obtained by CBS News .

In 2022, Nicholas John Roske was accused of attempting to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Roske, after having been arrested with weapons near Kavanaugh’s home shortly after a draft opinion in Roe v. Wade. Roske has pleaded not guilty.

After this incident, Congress passed a law providing 24-hour security to the families of Supreme Court judges. The judges themselves received round-the-clock protection from the US Marshals shortly after the notice was leaked.

Rob Legare contributed to this report

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