The Protecting Justice Bill Returns To Congress
Just days before the first anniversary of the shooting death of a judge’s son and a race that honors his legacy while advocating for national legislation that protects the privacy and security of members of the judiciary, a project federal law bearing his name is back in Congress.
U.S. Senses Bob Menendez and Senate Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker, both DN.J., and U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill, DN.J., on Wednesday introduced bipartite and bicameral legislation to bolster efforts to protect federal justice and protect the personal information of federal judges and their immediate families.
The bill, built on legislation first introduced last year, is designed in response to the deadly and targeted attack on the home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas in New Jersey on July 19, 2020, in which her 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl was killed .
The Daniel Anderl law on judicial security and the protection of privacy of 2021 is co-sponsored by Sens. Lindsay Graham, RS.C., Judicial Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John Kennedy, R-La., And Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The accompanying bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives is co-sponsored with Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., According to Menendez.
The legislation, drafted in consultation with the U.S. Courts Administrative Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Department of Justice, authorizes funding for the federal justice system to monitor and assess online threats, maintain records, investigate complaints, and deal with acts of aggression and violations. It would also allow the USMS to hire additional intelligence analysts, deputy marshals and other staff to ensure the agency is able to anticipate and deter threats against federal judges. .
The bill would also protect the personally identifiable information of federal judges and their immediate families, including home addresses, social security numbers, contact details, vehicle registration information, and the names of schools and employers. members of their immediate family.
“After the unthinkable and tragic death of Judge Salas’ son last year, I personally promised him that I would introduce legislation to better protect the men and women who sit on the federal bench. I will not give up before the law Daniel Anderl on judicial security and privacy is becoming law, ”Menendez wrote in a Facebook post.
The reintroduction of the bill comes at a time when threats to the judiciary are on the rise, Menendez said.
A report released last month by the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice concluded that “the USMS [U.S. Marshals Service] does not have the proactive threat detection resources or capabilities that the USMS has determined it needs to fulfill its protective service obligations for those protected by the USMS, including judges. “Security incidents” against federal judges increased 89% between 2016 and 2019, according to the audit.
“The threats to our federal judiciary are real and they are increasing. We need to give the US Marshals and other agencies charged with protecting our courts the resources and tools they need to protect our judges and their families, ”said Menendez, who recommended Salas for federal judicial appointment. “I made a personal commitment to Judge Salas that I would propose legislation to better protect the men and women who serve in our federal justice system, to ensure their independence from increased personal threats against judges, and to help prevent this tragedy from occurring. unthinkable will never happen to anyone else. “
Booker said no federal judge should have to live in fear that his commitment to serving the public could make his family a target. Sherrill said the legislation would give the United States Marshals Service, the U.S. Courts Administrative Office, state and local governments and law enforcement agencies the tools they need to help keep federal judges and judges safe and secure. their families.
Graham said he would do everything in his power to work with his colleagues to ensure Daniel Anderl does not die in vain.
At around 5 p.m. on July 19, 2020, after the judge’s family spent the weekend celebrating their son’s 20th birthday with some of his friends at their home in northern Brunswick, the doorbell rang and Daniel and his father rang. Defense attorney Mark Anderl went to the door where a gunman, posing as a delivery man, opened fire, killing Daniel and seriously injuring his father.
Salas, who was in another part of the house, was not injured.
Daniel, who was shot in the heart, sacrificed his life to protect his parents.
Shooter Roy Den Hollander, 72, of New York City, a self-proclaimed anti-feminist lawyer who grew up in Bergen County and had a case pending before Salas, was found dead in a car from a gunshot wound self-inflicted in Rockland County, New York, the next day.
In his car, investigators found a list of other potential targets, including another federal judge from New Jersey and two judges from New York. Den Hollander had used publicly available information to target Salas. Salas, who noted that the shooter had access to her home address and the church she attended, publicly advocated for greater privacy for federal judges.
As part of the effort to keep their son’s legacy alive, the first Daniel Anderl “Love is Light” 5K run / walk on Saturday will take place at the North Brunswick Community Park, to benefit the Daniel Anderl Memorial Bursary ’18 from St. Joseph High School. Funds. Daniel was a 2018 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen and a student at Catholic University in Washington, DC, intending to follow in his parents’ footsteps by becoming a lawyer.
The race is also arguing for national legislation that protects the privacy and security of members of the judiciary, similar to New Jersey’s Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 signed by Governor Murphy last year.
The 5K in-person run begins at 10 a.m. Registration, which runs until July 16, is $ 35 for adults and $ 25 for participants 12 and under. There is also a $ 25 entry for the virtual 5K Challenge Run / Walk.
“Love is Light” refers to comments Salas made during an interview last year in which she said she relied on her faith to move forward after her son’s death and had forgiven his murderer because “hatred is heavy, love is light”.
Additional race information is available here.
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Suzanne Russell is a late-breaking reporter for MyCentralJersey.com covering crime, the courts and other chaos. To get unlimited access, please register or activate your digital account today.