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US District Judge Esther Salas, New Jersey

US District Judge Esther Salas, New Jersey



The federal judge who lost her only child when a gunman opened fire at her home and the Director of the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) today expressed gratitude for Congress’s passage of the Daniel Anderl Act on Judicial Security and Privacy.

New Jersey District Judge Esther Salas said, “I want to thank Congress for honoring my son Daniel’s memory and for protecting my brothers and sisters on the bench.

“Judges, and their families, should not live in fear to do the job they are sworn to do. As a nation and as a people we cannot accept this. This legislation would make it more difficult for violent individuals to find judges’ addresses and other personal information online. By better protecting judges, the bill also helps to protect the judicial independence guaranteed by the Constitution.”

On behalf of the federal judiciary, Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, the AO director, also expressed her appreciation. In a statement today, she said: “We are grateful to Congress for taking this important step to protect federal judges and their families. Our democracy depends on judges who are free to make decisions without fear of retribution or retribution. .

“No other judge should have to go through the horrific experience that Judge Salas had – witnessing the murder of her son and the critical wounding of her husband at the family home by a gunman who tracked down her personally identifiable information on the Internet . This legislation recognizes the unique position that judges occupy and will help protect them and their families where they are most vulnerable, at home.”

The bill has been strongly endorsed by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policymaking body for the federal courts. It cleared the final hurdle in Congress on Thursday when the Senate voted 83-11 to pass the annual defense authorization bill with the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act attached. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law.

In July 2020, Daniel Anderl was fatally shot and Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, was critically wounded when a former litigator came to the family’s door posing as a delivery man. The gunman found the judge’s personal information on the Internet. Daniel, a student at Catholic University in Washington, DC, just turned 20.

The bill, which had broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would protect judges’ personally identifiable information from resale by data brokers. It would also allow federal judges to curtail personal information displayed on federal government websites and prevent publication of personal information by other businesses and individuals where there is no legitimate news media or other public interest.

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