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Federal judge’s son killed in home attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/20/20, 04:11 am

Daniel Anderl, the 20-year-old son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, answered the door to their home in New Jersey on Sunday when a gunman in a FedEx uniform shot and killed him. The gunman also wounded her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, in the attack, said U.S. Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson. Salas was unharmed.

Who was behind the attack? Officials said the identity of the gunman is still not known. The FBI on Sunday tweeted it is looking for one suspect and welcomed any helpful information. President Barack Obama nominated Salas to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in 2010, and the Senate confirmed her a year later. She was presiding over an ongoing lawsuit filed by Deutsche Bank investors, who argued the company made false claims about its anti-laundering policies and failed to monitor “high-risk” clients including convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Dig deeper: Read my World Tour report on Salas’s 2018 ruling on the status of Indonesian Christian refugees.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Kevin Abegg
    Posted: Mon, 07/20/2020 07:33 pm

    Could someone from World please do a piece on the various threads that seem to connect to Epstein's arrest and death under "questionable circumstances"? There seem to layers of suspicious occurrences, murder attempts, etc. all connected to him, and there are bound to be more whether or not Ghislaine Maxwell testifies. A mafia-style hit on a federal judge involved in a significant case revolving around Epstein's empire may be coincidental, but perhaps not. An "Epstein ripples" type article clearly laying out what's fact and what's hearsay would be very helpful.  Thanks!