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FBI Launches Investigation Into the Shooting of NJ Judge’s Son

On Sunday night at approximately 5:00pm, the son of U.S. District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas was killed after he reportedly opened the door for a delivery man. Daniel Anderl, 20, was a freshman at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and looking forward to attending law school, according to a report by the Newark Star Ledger. 

The Incident

According to reports, Daniel opened the front door of his parents’ New Brunswick home around 5:00pm and was shot at blank range by a man wearing a FedEx uniform. It is currently unclear as to whether or not the man who shot Anderl was an employee of FedEx. Jonathan Lyons, a spokesperson for the delivery company said that they are fully cooperating with the authorities to get to the bottom of what happened. 

Judge Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, 63, was also shot in the incident. He was reportedly standing behind his son as he opened the door. Anderl, who is a well-known criminal defense attorney, is reportedly in critical condition. Judge Salas was reportedly in the basement at the time of the shooting and remained unharmed. 

About Judge Esther Salas

Judge Salas was appointed to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in 2010 by former President Barack Obama. Salas, who grew up in New Jersey, was the first Latina judge to serve in the state’s federal courts. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as a county prosecutor and federal public defender. 

Judge Salas has presided over several high profile cases including that of Farad Roland, who was found guilty of federal racketeering back in 2018. Roland, who was the leader of the South Side Cartel – one of Newark’s most notorious and violent gangs – was sentenced to 45 years in prison under Judge Salas. 

Salas also served as the judge in the highly publicized trial of Joe and Teresa Giudice, cast members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who were charged with financial fraud back in 2014. Last week, Salas was assigned to a class action suit by a group of investors against Deutsche Bank and their dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, who died while in jail last August while awaiting sex trafficking charges. The class action lawsuit claims that the bank “failed to flag questionable transactions that were made from the account of the financier, Jeffrey Epstein.” 

The FBI and U.S. Marshals are thoroughly investigating the attack and urge anyone who has information to call 1-973-792-3001. 

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