A judge whose son was killed by an “anti-feminist” lawyer called for the privacy of federal judges in her first public comments.
“This monster knew where I lived… and had a complete file on me and my family,” she said.
Roy Den Hollander, dressed as a FedEx delivery boy, gunned down the son and husband of judge Esther Salas in New Jersey last month before taking his own life.
Authorities believe he targeted Judge Salas because of his role as a federal judge.
In a moving video statement released Monday, Judge Salas described the incident while urging lawmakers to help protect judges from future attacks.
“My family went through pain that no one should ever have to endure,” she said.
“And I ask everyone here to help me make sure that no one ever has to feel that kind of pain. We may not be able to prevent something like this from happening again, but we can make it difficult for those who target us. us at the bottom. ”
Hollander was found dead two hours north of the judge’s home. Police discovered the names of several other people he planned to target, including another judge, The New York Times reported.
The judge described how Den Hollander allegedly opened fire with a FedEx package in hand and how his son Daniel protected his father by taking the first bullet in the chest. Daniel had just celebrated his 20th birthday with the family this weekend.
She said her husband, Mark Anderl, had been shot three times and is now recovering in hospital from several surgeries.
Judge Salas noted that the addresses and other personal information of federal judges are “readily available” online, while also calling companies that sell this data.
“In my case, this monster knew where I lived and what church we attended and had a complete file on me and my family,” she said. “My son’s death cannot be in vain, which is why I am begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench. “
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Judge Salas is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a federal judge in New Jersey.
Daniel, who was the couple’s only son, reportedly returned to study at the Catholic University of America in Washington this fall.
What do we know about the attack?
On July 19, the suspect – later named by the FBI as Den Hollander – disguised as a delivery boy, arrived at the judge’s home.
Judge Salas and his son were in the basement at the time, but when the front door bell rang, Daniel went upstairs to see who it was.
The judge described hearing gunshots seconds later.
Den Hollander, 72, was reportedly upset by Judge Salas over her handling of a court case challenging the military plan for men.
He was a self-described “anti-feminist” “anti-feminist” lawyer who sued nightclubs for discounts for ladies, the federal government for a law protecting women from violence, and a university for women’s studies classes.
In a brief posted online, Den Hollander said he “wanted to ask the judge to come out, but thought she might despise me.”
Den Hollander had written that he was diagnosed with melanoma cancer two years ago, saying “nothing in this life matters.”
US media report that Den Hollander is also a suspect in a California murder case involving another lawyer.