A federal judge in New Jersey says the attorney who killed her son and seriously wounded her husband also prosecuted Sonia Sotomayor, a supreme court judge
February 19, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
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WASHINGTON – The attorney who killed a federal judge’s son and seriously injured her husband in her New Jersey home last summer had also prosecuted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the judge said in a television interview.
US District Judge Esther Salas said FBI agents discovered the information in a locker owned by lawyer Roy Den Hollander. “They found another weapon, a Glock, more ammunition. But the most worrying thing they found was a Manila folder with a work-up on Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” Salas said in an interview with CBS News’ “60 minutes”. The segment is slated to air on Sunday, but part of the interview aired on CBS This Morning on Friday.
Both the Supreme Court and the FBI declined to comment on Friday. “We do not discuss security as a matter of judicial policy,” said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg in an email.
Authorities said Den Hollander, a men’s rights attorney with a history of anti-feminist writing, posed as a FedEx delivery driver and fatally shot 20-year-old Daniel Anderl and wounded his father, Mark Anderl, in July. Salas was in a different part of the house at the time and was not injured.
72-year-old Den Hollander was found dead the day after the ambush. Authorities believe he also shot another California lawyer in the days leading up to the attack on Salas’ home.
The AP previously reported that when Den Hollander was found dead, he was carrying a document containing information on a dozen female judges from across the country, half of whom are Latina, including Salas.
Salas has called for more privacy and protection for judges, including deleting personal information from the Internet to deal with increasing cyber threats. The U.S. Marshals Service, which protects approximately 2,700 federal judges, said there were 4,449 threats and inappropriate reports in 2019, up from 926 such incidents in 2015.
Legislation, named after Salas ‘son, which would make it easier to protect judges’ personal information from the public, didn’t pass the Senate in December but could be reintroduced this year.