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March 26, 2019

Prosecutions for death threats against US politicians spiked last year
By Justin Rohrlich

There were 23 prosecutions for threats against Donald Trump or those in the presidential line of succession last year, a 130% increase over 2017, when there were 10, according to Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The uptick came after five years of steady decline. The number of prosecutions, which donít necessarily correspond with actual threats, can represent the governmentís willingness to press cases at any given time. Researchers say the vast majority of threats overall in the US tend to come from white men who support right-wing causes.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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