A federal judge whose son was killed and husband was shot during an attack
at her home last year has renewed calls for the Senate
to pass legislation to strengthen judicial security
On Sunday, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas
told "60 Minutes" that threats to federal judges
had increased 400% in the last five years.
Salas' son, Daniel, was shot and killed by Roy Den Hollander, a self-described "anti-feminist" lawyer who was dissatisfied with the outcome of a case that was presented before the judge. Hollander arrived at her home on July 19, disguised as a FedEx delivery driver, and opened fire on Daniel Anderl as he opened the door, and later on Salas' husband, Mark Anderl.
Mark Anderl was shot three times but survived; he is still recovering from multiple surgeries.
The next day, Hollander was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the FBI
later informed Salas that the attack was planned specifically for her.
Earlier this month, the House
narrowly passed a $1.9 billion security funding bill related to costs associated with the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol
, which includes more than $157 million for judicial security, including funding to address security threats faced by federal judges, and an additional $25 million for increased staffing at the US Marshals Service.
Following the attack, Salas is now being guarded by US Marshals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The bill, which is expected to be taken up by the Senate, would also remove judges' personal data from the internet, including home addresses and property tax records, which Salas said allowed Hollander to access a wealth of information about her.
“He obviously knew where I lived. He knew my routes to work
. He knew the church we attended. He knew Daniel’s school. He knew baseball
games. Just a complete work-up on me and my family,” she explained to “60 Minutes.” “All open sources.”
Federal investigators also discovered information about Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, including the name of a restaurant she frequents and a list of her friends
, she said.
“Who knows what happened, but we need to understand that judges are in danger,” Salas said, adding, “We need to understand that we put ourselves in great danger every day for doing our jobs
, and this fact has to wake us up.”