A law enforcement official is seen outside the home of federal judge Esther Salas, where her son was shot and killed and her defense attorney husband was critically injured, in North Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The federal judge whose son was killed by a New York lawyer spoke out Monday for the first time since the shooting, detailing the gruesome scene. Esther Salas also called for increased privacy protections for federal judges, saying “the death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel, should not be in vain.” Her husband, Mark Anderl, was also shot three times. 
The late New York attorney who fatally shot Judge Salas’s son was a men’s rights attorney and self-described “anti-feminist.” A list was allegedly found in the attorney’s car where he was found dead from self-inflicted injuries that included the names of two other New York judges and two doctors. 

The shooting at Judge Salas’s home underscored a growing number of threats to the judiciary. The security of federal judges is overseen by an “increasingly stretched” federal agency that says it needs more help assessing when to deploy protective resources. Though attacks are rare, in the 2019 fiscal year there were nearly 4,500 threats and inappropriate communications against the agency’s protected persons – a significant spike from 2015 that logged only 926 threats. 

Some security experts tout vigilance as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of attacks against judges. Others are criticizing President Donald Trump for deploying troops in the street to protect courthouses amid protests while the attack on Judge Salas’s family still took place. A U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow experienced a similar attack fifteen years ago when her husband and mother were shot and killed by an aggrieved former plaintiff. Judge Lefkow has lobbied Congress to do more to protect judges like herself. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

N.J. federal judge whose son was killed and husband shot speaks out, calls for better protections – NBC News – 8/3/2020
In an emotional video released Monday, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas of New Jersey publicly spoke about her son’s brutal killing last month for the first time and criticized the lack of privacy and protection afforded to federal judges.

Judge Salas breaks silence in heartbreaking video tribute after son’s shooting death – ABC News – 8/3/2020
Judge Esther Salas has released a nine-minute videotaped statement about last month’s shooting death of her son and the wounding of her husband and is the first time Judge Salas has spoken publicly since the shooting two weeks ago.

Judge Salas releases statement after son killed, husband shot in attack by lawyer – Fox News -8/3/2020
New Jersey-based U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, speaking publicly for the first time since a “monster” fatally shot her son and wounded her husband, said she believes she was targeted because of her position, and insisted that his death “cannot be in vain.”

In emotional video, Judge Salas asks to protect federal judges’ personal information – North New Jersey Media Group – 8/3/2020
Federal Judge Esther Salas has spoken for the first time publicly about a shooting at her township home last month in which authorities say a disgruntled lawyer killed her son and seriously wounded her husband.

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