|Posted:||May 25, 2021 01:38 PM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola and Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Protecting the Personal Information of Judges, Law Enforcement Personnel and Members of the Military|
|In the near future, we intend to introduce legislation aimed at protecting the personal information of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and military personnel. The genesis of this legislation stems from an event that occurred in New Jersey.
On July 19, 2020, Daniel Anderl, the son of United States District Judge Esther Salas, was shot and killed in an attack at their family’s New Jersey home. The suspect in the fatal shooting was a self-described “anti-feminist lawyer” who had a previous case in front of Judge Salas.
The New Jersey legislature moved swiftly in the months following this tragedy to enact reasonable legislation, known as Daniel’s Law, which would help to mitigate the likelihood of another targeted violent attack against public servants.
Like Daniel’s Law, our bill would impose penalties on anyone who publishes personal identifying information, such as home addresses or telephone numbers, for active and former federal, state, county, municipal judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, military and their family members.
According to the United States Marshals Service, there were 4,449 threats and inappropriate communications against federal judges, prosecutors, and court officials in 2019, rising exponentially from 926 occurrences in 2015. Over that same four-year period, the number of threats investigated rose from 305 to 373, peaking at 531 in 2018.
With threats against judges and law enforcement on the rise, this legislation is a commonsense approach to allow judges and other law enforcement personnel to complete their duties without fear for their personal safety or that of their loved ones.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as SB1280