NJ Shooting Spotlights Darker Side Of Judicial Careers

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 7:17 PM EDT) -- The fatal shooting at U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' New Jersey home is a somber reminder of the job hazards in one of the nation's busiest court systems, where menacing letters, suspicious packages and smuggled weapons are the more chilling moments recalled by jurists who served on the Garden State's benches.

While the July 19 ambush, which claimed the life of Judge Salas' son and critically injured her husband, was an extreme example, retired judges and security experts say threats spanning the gamut from inappropriate communications to violent crimes are hardly isolated incidents.

Blank Rome LLP partner Stephen M. Orlofsky handed...

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