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The Closest A Supreme Court Justice Has Come To Being Assassinated

In 2020, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was in her home in New Jersey when she, her husband, and her son were attacked by a gunman dressed as a delivery driver (per AP). Salas, who was in the basement, escaped injury, but her husband was critically wounded, and their son, Daniel Salas, was killed. The shooter was Roy Den Hollander, a lawyer with a reputation for frivolous lawsuits related to men’s rights. According to The New York Times, Hollander described himself as “anti-feminist. The outlet also noted that Salas presided over his case concerning the male-only draft, and he “openly seethed against” her at the time. He went on to self-publish a book about his life, which included a racially-tinged online screed against the justice. Shortly before the shooting, Hollander was diagnosed with terminal cancer; authorities found his body in New York, about two hours from Salas’ house, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hollander’s book ended with a lament that he didn’t have time to get even with all his perceived enemies. He’s since been connected with the killing of Marc Angelucci, a California-based lawyer who was shot only days before the attack on the Salases (per the Los Angeles Times). And in 2021, Salas revealed to “60 Minutes” that the FBI had found a dossier among Hollander’s private effects, which included more guns and ammunition (via CBS News). The dossier appeared to list potential targets, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “Who knows what could have happened?” Salas asked rhetorically.


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