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Bill prohibiting disclosure of addresses and phone numbers of judges becomes law

‘Daniel’s Law’ Was Named for the Son of a Federal Judge Who Was Killed in an Attack on Her NJ Home

NEW JERSEY – A new law, signed Friday by Governor Murphy and sponsored by Senator Robert Singer protects the safety and privacy of judges and judicial officers.

“This measure takes the steps necessary to obscure details about judges that could put them and their families at risk,” Singer (R-30) said. “There is so much information exchanged online, and a reckless post or an innocuous comment can, in the wrong hands, be dangerous. Enacting this law will help increase security for judges our legal system relies on.”

The bipartisan initiative was introduced in response to an incident on July 19, when a man posing as a FedEx employee went to the home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas and opened fire once the door was answered, killing Judge Salas’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, and seriously injuring her husband, Mark.

The shooter was 72-year-old defense attorney who reportedly kept a list of more than a dozen other targets, including at least three more judges. He was later found dead in his car, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“It is our imperative to protect judges from danger, and this law will close loopholes that could literally lead the bad guys to front door of those they intend to harm,” Singer said. “The attack on Judge Salas’ home exposed vulnerabilities that demanded change to prevent future assassination attempts,” Singer said.

“Daniel’s Law,” titled in memory of Judge Salas’ son, prohibits the disclosure of the home addresses of any judicial officer, law enforcement officer or prosecutor.

It also expands an existing crime concerning the disclosure of home addresses and unlisted phone numbers for active or retired law enforcement officers to also include formerly active law enforcement officers, and formerly active or retired judicial officers or prosecutors, and permit statutory civil actions for any prohibited disclosure.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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