Judge whose son was killed says more must be done to protect judges after Kavanaugh threat
US District Judge Esther Salas, whose son was murdered in their home in 2020 by a man who targeted her, urged Congress to take action on Wednesday to protect judges after officials have charged a man with attempted murder outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier today.
In an interview on Fox’s “America Reports,” Salas urged Congress to pass the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Confidentiality Act — named after his son — that would tighten security for federal judges and place restrictions on the release of federal judges’ personal information.
“The point is, I have to say the rule of law is no different for Republicans. The rule of law is no different for Democrats,” Salas told Fox host John Roberts. “The rule of law is what this country was built on, and we as judges, our democracy, compels us to pass the Daniel Anderl bill and do it now. Enough is enough.”
“I think members of Congress can see the escalation in the number of threats against judicial officers,” Salas said. “It just has to stop.”
Salas has been outspoken about increasing protections for judges since the 2020 attack on her home – carried out by a man who describes himself as an ‘anti-feminist’ – that killed her son and seriously injured her husband .
Last month, she said in an interview that “nothing is being done to protect” federal judges and that Congress should enact the same security measures for them as for Supreme Court justices.
“We do our job, we take the oath because we care about this country, because we care about democracy. And doing our job and only doing our job and being afraid of retaliation, retaliation or death is not part of the deal, should never be part of it,” Salas said last month.
Kavanaugh’s attempted murder suspect, Nicholas John Roske, a 26-year-old California resident, told a detective “he was shocked by the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft ruling regarding the right to abortion and the recent school shooting”. in Uvalde, Texas,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Roske faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.