Juliana Barbassa – ABC News/The Associated Press, 07/03/2012
Nearly a year after a judge was shot to death in front of her house, the number of Brazilian judges whose lives are threatened has gone up, the council that oversees the country’s judiciary said Monday.
There are now 150 judges who have reported receiving threats, up from 136 when judge Patricia Acioli was slain last August, the National Council for Justice said. But only 61 of those judges are under state protection, it said.
Awareness of the danger facing judges was heightened by Acioli’s killing. The judge had been given a police escort for a while because of threats, but she was no longer under protection when she was shot despite her repeated requests for police escort.