Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack issued a rare statement Friday in which she expressed concern over recent “comments aimed at members” of her court.
Roggensack’s statement came after the court ruled in four cases against President Donald Trump and his allies in their bid to overturn election results.
In the wake of those decisions, Justices Brian Hagedorn, Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky faced harassing messages and threats.
Dallet and Karofsky were subjected to a wave of anti-Semitic comments.
Hagedorn said justices were also requiring additional protection.
Hagedorn joined three liberals on the court in the series of 4-3 decisions that went against the president and his allies. On Monday, Trump leveled criticism at Hagedorn to his 88 million followers on Twitter.
In her statement, Roggensack acknowledged there is a constitutional right to “speak in criticism of public servants.”
“However, no justice should be threatened or intimidated based on his or her religious beliefs,” she said. “Wisconsin has a long history of protecting the right to freely worship, as well as the right to freely speak.”
Roggensack added, “Also, threats of actual or proposed violence have no place in public discourse in a democratic society.
“As we are about to begin a new year, let us all refocus on coming together where possible and treating those with whom we disagree with the respect that each of us would like to receive,” she said.
On Tuesday, leaders of the Wisconsin Bar Association denounced “vicious personal attacks” against the justices.
“A threat to one justice or judge is a threat to all members of the judiciary and carries over to all members of the legal system, including judicial staff,” the statement said. “Staying silent to these ugly actions is a detriment to the independence of our judiciary and our entire system of justice. Now is the time for all of us to stand together to condemn acts of intolerance and hate in any form.”