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U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. (Photo: YouTube.)

Both chambers approve bill blocking release of judges’ addresses

By Nikita Biryukov, November 17 2020 3:24 pm

Both legislative chambers approved a bill that would block the disclosure of addresses belonging to current or former judges, prosecutors or law enforcement officials.

The bill, dubbed Daniel’s Law after Daniel Anderl, the 20-year-old son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas who was slain during an assassination attempt against the judge, passed 74-0 in the Assembly and 39-0 in the State Senate.

The attack, carried out by an anti-feminist attorney dressed as a Federal Express delivery driver, left Salas’s husband in critical condition

“This was a violent attack on a judge and her family that came right to their doorstep because the gunman knew where to find them,” State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Cranford) said. “It was also an attack on the justice system and the rule of law that is administered with fairness. It’s a terrible tragedy that took the life of a young man with a promising future. This bill will honor the legacy of Daniel Anderl and respect the loving memories of his family.”

The measure would make releasing home addresses and unpublished phone numbers a crime. Unintentional violations could be punished by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.

Willful violations could come with a prison sentence of up to five years and a $15,000 fine.

The bill is set to go into effect immediately after Gov. Phil Murphy signs it.

“Judges and other court officers who serve our legal system deserve to be protected from any possible attack or retaliation for merely performing their sworn duties,” State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) said. “What happened to Judge Esther Salas, and her family, and in particular the fatal shooting of her son, Daniel, in his own home, must never happen again.”

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