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US The attack on Judge Salas' family highlights judicial safety concerns

01:05  22 july  2020
01:05  22 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Federal judge’s son killed, husband hospitalized after being shot at their New Jersey home

  Federal judge’s son killed, husband hospitalized after being shot at their New Jersey home A gunman disguised as a Fedex delivery driver broke into the New Jersey home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. Mark Anderl, the husband of U.S. Dist WNBC in New York reports that Mark went to answer the door around 5 p.m. on Sunday and was shot multiple times. When Daniel came running to the door to help his father, he was shot, too, before the gunman fled. Police say that Judge Salas was in the basement at the time of the shooting.Salas has been in her position for nine years since her nomination by former U.S.

Murphy also tweeted: “ Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act.” North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack described Salas ’ husband Mark, a criminal attorney, as an “exuberant, vibrant, one hundred percent pleasant person.”

Federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow on Monday addressed the risks to federal judges following the Sunday shooting of a US Trump has repeatedly criticized judges , leading to hand-wringing over the attacks several times. The reaction to the Salas family shooting, however, is still in its early hours.

For U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, the brutal attack on fellow federal Judge Esther Salas’ family, which left her husband Mark Anderl grievously injured and their son, Daniel, dead, had a terrible familiarity.

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Fifteen years ago, Lefkow’s husband and mother were shot and killed by an aggrieved former plaintiff who had appeared in her court and then, angered by her courtroom decisions, hid in her basement apparently with the intent to kill her. Instead, he meted out revenge on her family.

Federal Judge Whose Husband and Son Were Shot at Home Once Sentenced an Admitted Member of ‘Most Violent’ Cartel

  Federal Judge Whose Husband and Son Were Shot at Home Once Sentenced an Admitted Member of ‘Most Violent’ Cartel The son and husband of U.S. District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas were shot Sunday when a gunman dressed as a FedEx worker opened fire on the family’s New Jersey home. Daniel Anderl, Salas’s 20-year-old son, has died; defense attorney Mark Anderl, Salas’s husband, was injured. Judge Salas was unharmed.The son and husband of U.S. District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas were shot Sunday when a gunman dressed as a FedEx worker opened fire on the family’s New Jersey home.  Daniel Anderl, Salas’s 20-year-old son, has died; defense attorney Mark Anderl, Salas’s husband, was injured.  Judge Salas was unharmed.

The son of Judge Esther Salas , a freshman at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., was killed in the family ’s home in. The murder of a New Jersey federal judge ’s son has put the spotlight on an alarming trend that officials say continues to rise: threats against federal judges and their families .

Friends of the family told US media that Judge Salas 's 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl, a student, opened the door at the family home in North Brunswick at about 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Sunday and was fatally shot. Judge Salas was reportedly in the basement at the time of the attack .

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Federal judges are entitled to a home and court security systems and protection by the U.S. Marshals Service, which has provided security for federal judges and courtrooms across the country since 1789. The killing of Salas’ son and the shooting of her husband allegedly by an anti-feminist lawyer highlights the problem on which Lefkow and the Federal Judges Association have spent over a decade sounding the alarm: judges are being threatened and attacked, often by those angered by decisions made from the bench.

According to data compiled by the Marshals Service, some 4,449 documented threats and “inappropriate communication” were recorded against judges in 2019. That number is unusually high: On average, the service has seen 1,350 threats and inappropriate communications against judicial members annually since 2015.

N.J. Judge Talked About Raising Son to Show Respect, Compassion 2 Years Before Slaying

  N.J. Judge Talked About Raising Son to Show Respect, Compassion 2 Years Before Slaying Judge Esther Salas told her son, Daniel, 20, "to speak to the janitor with the same respect that you would show to [U.S. Supreme Court Chief] Justice Roberts," according to a 2018 New Jersey Monthly interview"When she got to my student and he said, 'My name is Daniel' she smiled and said, 'My most favorite person in the world is named Daniel, that's my son,'" teacher Andrea Nicholas, 44, of Hamilton Intermediate School in Harrison, NJ, tells PEOPLE of the June 2019, visit. "You could tell this kid was her world.

An attacker dressed as a FedEx driver is sought after the shooting at the home of judge Esther Salas . Sources quoted by US media said Judge Salas 's 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl - a student - opened the door at the family home in North Brunswick at about 17:00 on Sunday and was fatally shot.

On Sunday night, Judge Salas ’s husband and son were shot at their home in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Teresa Giudice is shaken up over news of the shooting at the home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas . The federal judge presided over the fraud case involving the Real Housewives

Lefkow, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, described the tragedy that befell her own family as “grueling” in an interview with NBC News on Monday. In her grief, she lobbied Congress to do more to protect judges like herself.

“The horror of it is unbearable,” she said of the attack on Salas’ family. The man who killed Lefkow’s family, Bart A. Ross, committed suicide. He left behind a note detailing his plans to shoot Lefkow, and a list of 26 others - including judges, lawyers and doctors.

The alleged suspect in the attack on the Salas family, Roy Den Hollander, apparently also had a photo of another female judge, New York State Chief Judge Janet Difiore, in his car. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered state police to guard the judge as a precaution.

Deadly attacks against judges remain relatively uncommon in the United States. Since 1979, four federal judges have been assassinated. But as their role becomes increasingly politicized, judges are receiving record numbers of threats.

Son of New Jersey federal judge was an 'avid sportsman' who aspired to be an attorney like his parents, family and friends say

  Son of New Jersey federal judge was an 'avid sportsman' who aspired to be an attorney like his parents, family and friends say Daniel Anderl was a rising junior at Catholic University in Washington DC.Daniel Anderl was set to begin classes in the next few weeks at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

MORE: Murder of Judge Esther Salas ' son highlights surge in threats to federal judges and their families . At about 5 p.m. Sunday, the gunman knocked at the door to the family 's North Brunswick home. Mark Anderl answered the door and was shot first, before his son was also shot.

The gunman suspected of attacking Judge Esther Salas ' family was a men's rights advocate and self-identified 'anti-feminist'. Roy Den Hollander, who was found dead of an apparent suicide, is suspected of killing Salas ' son and critically injuring her husband.

In February 2017, Seattle federal Judge James Robart temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban that barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Angered by Robart’s decision, Trump criticized the judge on Twitter, calling him a “so-called judge” who made a “ridiculous” decision.

Shortly after, the threats against Robart began, according to the American Bar Association, and he received more than 42,000 letters, emails and calls, including more than 100 death threats.

“Here’s the president of the United States saying this person is not a judge, implying you can disregard his ruling, and saying these people are flooding into the country to rape your wife, rape your children and it’s all his fault,” Robart said at a panel in 2019 hosted by the Bar Association about the undermining of the court system. “I think that crosses a line from legitimate criticism of a ruling and goes into a whole different area.”

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Lefkow emphasized that this problem isn’t new. “When my husband and my mother was killed, there was a lot of vitriol directed at judges,” she said, citing right-wing news that stoked sentiments against people in her profession, and a fringe online “jail for judges” campaign.

Photo of Judge Janet M. DiFiore found in car connected to suspect who shot Judge Esther Salas's family

  Photo of Judge Janet M. DiFiore found in car connected to suspect who shot Judge Esther Salas's family Officials found the name and photo of New York state's chief judge in a car associated with Roy Den Hollander, the man suspected of opening fire on Sunday at another judge's home, according to Lucian Chalfen, the Unified Court System Director of Public Information. © Anderl and Oakley, P.C./Rutgers University/Saint Joseph High School Mark Anderl, left, Esther Salas and Daniel Anderl. Federal officials contacted New York state Chief Judge Janet M. DiFiore after officials found her name and photo in the car, Chalfen said. The FBI agents did not indicate whether Den Hollander had intended to target DiFiore, he said.

The gunman who attacked Salas ’ family was also wearing a FedEx uniform when he knocked on their door Sunday evening around 5pm and reportedly The judge , who had received threats in the past, was assigned a case involving Deutsche Bank’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein less than a week before the

Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person, was not in custody, the official said. The U.S. Marshals

In 2015, a Houston man shot U.S. District Judge Julie Kocurek in front of her family. Kocurek survived the assasination attempt, but underwent dozens of surgeries to recover from her injuries. Her would-be assassin was a plaintiff who had a case before her court and said he wanted to scare her. According to reports, he had tracked the judge over time.

Liz Lang Miers, a former federal judge in Texas, said “there are a lot of threats on judges, period.” The threats, she added, don’t always come from the biggest cases, like they did in Robart’s case, but often from a case in which someone “personally perceived they’ve been wronged.”

“It can seem to be spurred by an order someone misperceives or a ruling they think is an attack, as opposed to just understanding the justice system,” she said.

Lang Miers and Lefkow both offered their support for Salas.

“There are no words that will allay the grief that Judge Salas and her husband must bear after losing their son to gun violence,” Lefkow said. “I suppose if it’s any comfort, I can only say that they are not alone.”

Deceased Suspect in Murder of N.J. Judge's Son also Linked to Slaying of Calif. Lawyer: FBI .
On July 11, Marc Angelucci was found outside his California home, suffering from a gunshot woundOn Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations announced that through their investigation into Sunday's attack on US District Court Judge Esther Salas's family, they have linked the suspect, Roy Den Hollander, to the July 11 murder of lawyer Marc Angelucci in California.

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