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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez at the groundbreaking for the Portal North Bridge, August 1, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Daniel Anderl judicial security act now attached to defense bill

Menendez says act won’t prevent reporting on ‘matters of public concern’

By Joey Fox, December 08 2022 1:20 pm

As reported by Roll Call yesterday, the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act – a measure designed to protect the personal information and safety of federal judges – has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Since the NDAA is must-pass legislation, that likely means the act is finally set to pass after being repeatedly delayed.

The act is named for Daniel Anderl, who was killed in July 2020 by a gunman targeting his mother, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. Salas was unharmed in the attack.

U.S. Senator Bob Mendendez, the act’s sponsor and greatest advocate, told Roll Call in a statement yesterday that its prospective passage was a great victory.

“I made a promise to Judge Salas after her son’s murder that we would do something to prevent this from ever happening to a federal judge again and we’re now on the verge of achieving that,” Menendez said.

Menendez released another statement today assuaging concerns that the bill would impede the ability of journalists to report on important issues related to judges and their families, such as potential ethical issues or conflicts of interest.

“Our legislation would simply allow judges to request that the Administrative Office of the Courts remove personally sensitive information that could lead to identity theft or threaten the physical safety of them or their families,” Menendez said. “In no way does our bill prevent journalists from reporting on matters of public concern.”

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