Judge Whose Son Was Assassinated Demands Protection for Supreme Court Justices

Responding to the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas called on Congress to protect judges.

During an interview on Fox News’ “America Reports,” Salas called on lawmakers to take action after 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske was arrested near the home of Justice Kavanaugh with burglary tools, a handgun, a knife, and pepper spray. The suspect reportedly told police that he planned to kill the justice because he was angry “about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion.”

“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice [Kavanaugh] after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” FBI Special Agent Ian Montijo wrote in an affidavit.

The agent also noted in the affidavit that “Roske further indicated that he had purchased [a] Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”

Concerned about this assassination attempt and further escalation of violence against judges, Salas pleaded for lawmakers to consider the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act, a bill named after her deceased son who was murdered in their home two years ago.

On July 19, 2020, Daniel Anderl and his father both answered the door of their North Brunswick, New Jersey, home where a gunman ⁠— who was posing as a delivery person ⁠— opened fire, killing Daniel and wounding his father.

The Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act seeks to increase security for federal judges and restrict the distribution of their private information, banning the online posting of judges’ and prosecutors’ home addresses or phone numbers. The legislation is currently sponsored in the Senate by several lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

“Hearing about Justice Kavanaugh. Hearing about (former Wisconsin Circuit Court) Judge (John) Roemer, who was killed this past Friday in an assassination. Hearing about all the deaths of judicial officers… the judges and our justice system — the rule of law — mandates that we pass the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act and that we pass it now,” Salas said.

“The rule of law isn’t different for a Republican. The rule of law isn’t different for a Democrat. The rule of law isn’t different for an Independent. The rule of law is what this country has been founded on,” she added.

Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin was also reportedly motivated by the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and two adults dead. According to detectives, he “believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”