FACTS

    The son and husband of federal New Jersey judge Esther Salas were shot Sunday by Roy Den Hollander, an anti-feminist Manhattan lawyer who later shot and killed himself. Salas’ 20-year-old son did not survive, and her husband is in critical but stable condition. Salas was unharmed. Den Hollander’s ties to Salas come from a previous 2015 case in which he challenged “the constitutionality of the Selective Service System,” a federal agency that requires males to register for a possible draft but bars females from doing so. The case, which hasn’t involved Den Hollander since 2019, is still ongoing.

    “This kind of lawless, evil action carried out against a member of the federal judiciary will not be tolerated, and I have ordered the full resources of the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service to investigate the matter.”

    US Attorney General William Barr

    Den Hollander was dressed in a FedEx uniform, and a FedEx package labeled for Salas was later found in his vehicle. He was believed to be posing as an employee.

    OPINIONS

    Some have noted that Salas was recently assigned a case involving Jeffrey Epstein, an elite socialite billionaire who died in prison while on trial for sex-trafficking charges. Salas will be overseeing a case involving Deutsche Bank, which investors have accused of misinformation regarding safeguards and failure to oversee high-risk accounts such as Epstein’s. Salas’ brother stated, “We don’t know if she was the target or he was the target,” referring to Salas’ husband who was a former prosecutor and is currently a criminal defense lawyer. Some have said that Den Hollander could have been attempting to get vengeance before dying, as he was diagnosed with cancer and “had nothing to lose.”

    “In a 150-page document posted on his website, which has since been taken down, Mr. Den Hollander wrote extensive commentary about how to fight feminists and their supporters, describing the judiciary as ‘useless for men.'”

    An article from The New York Times

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated, “This tragedy is our latest reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community safer isn’t done.”

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