Judge Says Gunman Who Killed Her Son Targeted Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Judge Esther Salas said in a recent interview that the FBI found items in the gunman’s locker that suggested he was also targeting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at Tufts University on September 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts | Getty Images
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at Tufts University on September 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts | Getty Images

A New Jersey judge whose son was killed in her home by a gunman said in a recent interview that the perpetrator may have also been plotting to attack Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

In a clip released Friday from an episode of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” which is set to air this weekend, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas talked about the man who targeted her and her family and how judges are at risk “for doing our jobs.”

Manhattan lawyer Roy Den Hollander, a self-described anti-feminist who previously appeared before Salas, shot and killed her 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl at her New Jersey home in July 2020 after posing as a delivery driver. Hollander also fired at Salas’ husband, who was wounded but survived.

Salas told “60 Minutes” that the FBI discovered disturbing items in Hollander’s locker that suggested Sotomayor, 66, was his next victim. 

“They found another gun. A Glock. More ammunition,” Salas said. “But the most troubling thing they found was a manila folder with a work-up on Justice Sonia Sotomayor.” 

“60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker asked Salas if she thought Sotomayor was “on his list,” to which Salas said “more than on his list.”

“On his sights,” Salas continued. “Who knows what could have happened? But we need to understand that judges are at risk. We need to understand that we put ourselves in great danger every day for doing our jobs.”

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court declined to comment to multiple outlets on the possible threat against Sotomayor, saying they do “not discuss security as a matter of court policy.”

Hollander was found dead after the shooting near Liberty, New York with a self-inflicted gunshot wound soon after attacking Salas’ home. Hollander had appeared before Salas in 2015 challenging the men-only military draft and had reportedly compiled personal information on her.

Since the attack, Salas has been working for better protections of justices’ private information. Last November, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed “Daniel’s Law,” which protects “home addresses and telephone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers” from the public. 

Salas is pushing to bring the law to the federal level. In an interview with CNN in December, Salas said the gunman was able to access personal information, including her home, the church she attended, and her route to work.

Salas’ interview with “60 Minutes” will air on Sunday on CBS.

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