Judge Esther Salas speaks out about new law after shooting death of her son
The trailblazing federal judge says she hopes her son, Daniel, who was killed by a gunman at their home, would be proud of her efforts to get a law passed to protect public officials.
has been motivated by the memory of her son to fight for a new state law to protect public officials after her only child was murdered by a gunman at her family's home this summer.Salas, 51, and her husband, Mark Anderl, had been celebrating the 20th birthday of their son, Daniel, when he was
posing as a delivery driver. The man came to the front door of their New Jersey home, rang the doorbell and then shot Daniel to death. He also shot Salas' husband three times.WatchTODAY All Day! Get the best news, information and inspiration from TODAY, all day long.
That tragic day fueled Salas to push for"Daniel's Law," a new law signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Nov. 20 that makes it a crime to publish the personal information of New Jersey judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, including their phone numbers and home addresses. headtopics.com
"I would want people to know about my Daniel that he always put others before himself, and that's why I know he would want me to do what I'm doing now because he would want others to be protected," Salas told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Monday.
"I know that Daniel's looking down and saying, 'Mom, keep it going, keep it going because we need to make sure that everyone is safe.'"Nov. 23, 202008:31The gunman, a self-described"anti-feminist lawyer" named Roy Den Hollander, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound just hours after the attack. Den Hollander once appeared in front of Salas in court and had compiled personal information on her, authorities said.
Salas' husband survived the attack after she said her son took a bullet to the chest to protect him."He was, for us, our life," Salas said."He was the center of our universe, and we were the center of his universe, and I think that's why it wasn't even a question of what he was going to do, he was going to protect his dad. He was going to protect me.Read more: »
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