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Daniel Anderl. (Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's High School).

Law named after Daniel Anderl to expand security for federal judges moving through U.S. Senate, Menendez, Booker say

By David Wildstein, October 11 2022 8:43 pm

A new federal law aimed at enhancing the safety of federal judges and their families is coming close to passage after the measure was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today.

The Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2021 was named after the son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas who was murdered in their family home by an unhinged and violent attorney in July 2020.   The killer, an anti-feminist extremist, had found the judge’s home address on the internet and appeared at the door dressed as a FedEx driver.

“No judge in America should have to fear for their lives and the safety of their family as they work to deliver equal justice under the law,” said Booker and Menendez in a joint statement with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-Illinois).

The bill had been fast-tracked for passage  until U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blocked it in December 2020 and again in May of this year because it failed to include protection for elected officials.

Paul refused to speak with Salas about the bill when she was in Washington in June.

“We call on our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this provision and we will work to ensure this language remains in the final conferenced NDAA bill,” Menendez, Booker and Durbin said.  “There is no time to waste to make this bill the law of the land.”

Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, was also shot and seriously wounded in the attack.

In New Jersey, a state-level version of Daniel’s Law already exists; it was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in November 2020.

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