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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Congress passes Daniel Anderl judicial security act via defense bill

Bill named for son of federal judge slain in July 2020 attack

By Joey Fox, December 16 2022 12:02 pm

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act, a bill protecting the personal information of federal judges that had been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Since it previously passed the House last week, the bill will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk.

The bill was sponsored by two New Jerseyans, Senator Bob Menendez and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), both of whom have resolutely pushed for its passage since the murder of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’s son Daniel Anderl at their North Brunswick home in July 2020.

In a joint statement released yesterday evening, Menendez, Sherrill, and Senator Cory Booker praised Congress for finally taking action after a number of false starts.

“In the days that followed [the murder of Anderl], we made a personal vow to Judge Salas,” they said. “We swore to act swiftly, and to never stop fighting until we passed legislation that paid tribute to Daniel’s legacy by protecting judges and their families from future threats. With today’s Senate passage of the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act, we kept our promise – taking a decisive step towards protecting the judges who serve on the federal bench.”

The bill had come up for a vote in the Senate several times before, but it was blocked by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky); those failures led to the strategy of attaching the bill to the NDAA, which is must-pass legislation.

New Jersey has its own version of the bill, signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in November 2020. Another proposal to extend similar protections to elected officials and candidates across the state is currently under discussion in the state legislature.

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