N.J. federal judge who was targeted in home shooting says SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor was also targeted

N.J. federal judge who was targeted in home shooting says SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor was also targeted

N.J. federal judge who was targeted in home shooting says SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor was also targeted

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY - JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. on July 20, 2020 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Salas' son, Daniel Anderl, was shot and killed and her husband, defense attorney Mark Anderl, was injured when a man dressed as a delivery person came to their front door and opened fire. Salas was not injured. US marshals and the FBI are investigating. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY – JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. on July 20, 2020 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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A New Jersey federal judge who was targeted in a fatal shooting said the suspected shooter also had his eye on a Supreme Court justice. During an interview Friday, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas claimed investigators found a folder with information regarding Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Last July, a gunman dressed as a delivery person opened fire on Salas’s home. He wounded her husband and killed her 20-year-old son before shooting himself. The gunman reportedly tried a case in Salas’s court and allegedly held prejudicial views against Latina judges.

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY - JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. on July 20, 2020 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Salas' son, Daniel Anderl, was shot and killed and her husband, defense attorney Mark Anderl, was injured when a man dressed as a delivery person came to their front door and opened fire. Salas was not injured. US marshals and the FBI are investigating. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY – JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“We need to understand that judges are at risk,” Salas said to interviewer Bill Whitaker. “We need to realize that we put ourselves in great danger, every day for doing our jobs.”

Since the shooting, Salas has pushed for legislation to scrub judges’ personal information from the internet. This came as reports showed a 400 percent surge in death threats against federal judges.

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N.J. federal judge who was targeted in home shooting says SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor was also targeted