UPDATED 5:55 PM PT – Thursday, December 3, 2020
A federal judge who lost her son in an assassination attempt warns of an attack on the federal judiciary.
During an interview Wednesday, New Jersey Judge Esther Salas called for federal protections for judiciary members, which would prohibit the spreading of judges’ private information.
“We need to do something,” Salas said. “We need to do something because the federal judiciary is under attack.”
Salas’s husband notably sustained several gunshot wounds in the attempt on his wife’s life.
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Authorities said the suspect was able to collect personal information on Salas with very little issue.
“He used that information to compile a dossier on me,” Salas stated of the suspect. “He knew where I lived, he knew the church I attended, he knew my routes to work, and quite frankly he even stalked my block.”
Salas added the sheer volume of private information the attacker had on her family was stunning and demands a response.
“I don’t think I understood the level of information and how someone can use it for nefarious purposes,” Salas added. “And that’s why we need to do something now to change that.”
Furthermore, the assailant took her son’s life in the attack after he protected his father from gunfire.
Salas urged Congress to follow the example set by her home state of New Jersey to pass legislation that protects the private information of those on the federal bench.
“Every day we waste is a day that something is going to happen to one of my brothers and sisters on the bench,” Salas emphasized. “And I don’t want anyone to feel what we’re feeling right now.”
‘Daniel’s Law,’ named after Judge Salas’s late son, makes it illegal to post the private information of judges on public forums and social media platforms.
Meanwhile, Salas hopes to take the law to Congress in an attempt to secure the safety of judges across the country.
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