What if you heard that a gunman dressed as a delivery person entered the home of a judge and opened fired, killing the judge’s only child, her 20 year old son, and sending her husband to the hospital in critical condition. Would you think this happened in a narco-state?
It happened in New Jersey and the gunman was dressed as a FedEx driver. The Latina judge was U.S. District Court of New Jersey’s Esther Salas. Her husband is a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. The father and son opened the door to the shooter, while she was elsewhere in the home.
In 2018, Judge Salas sentenced 33 year old Farad Roland to 45 years in prison on federal racketeering charges. Roland was leader of the South Side Cartel, one of Newark’s most violent street gangs, a branch of the Bloods. Roland Roland admitted his role in five murders, an armed carjacking, an armed robbery of a drug dealer, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and drug conspiracy. Judge Salas barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for Roland, ruling the man’s intellectual disability made him ineligible for capital punishment.
More recently she was appointed to hear an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and didn’t monitor “high-risk” customers Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender. Deutsche Bankagreed to pay a $150 million fine for continuing to work with Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes in 2008.
The press says the shooter was a 72 year old lawyer by the name of Roy Den Hollander. His body was found in a car in a secluded, dead-end street that is part of a campsite in Rockland in Sullivan County, New York. This is 148 miles from the Judges home. His supposed motive according to the press is his anti-feminist bent. Den Hollander, a lawyer based in New York, had a case pending before Salas regarding the U.S. Military’s male-only draft registration system on the grounds it “discriminates against both sexes in violation of Equal Protection as incorporated into the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” The New York Times says, according to an an unnamed law enforcement source, a package addressed to Judge Salas was found near the suspect’s car.
Hollander’s resume is that he has an MBA from Columbia with honors and a J.D from George Washington University Law School with high honors. Does this seem like the CV for a man who would dress up as a FedEx employee to assassinate a federal judge? Or is this sort of suicide as Jeffrey Epsteins?
The last person to testify in high profile case of sexual abuse of young woman was Rachael Denhollander. The first to accuse Nassar of sexual assault, she delivered the final victim impact statement at the trial. Nassar groomed young women for abuse from his position as an authority figure in gymnastics. Did we mention that Rachel is a lawyer now?
Rachel Denhollander had this to say, “Only in the Christian faith do we have a God who unfailingly loves enough to always bring justice, but also unfailingly loves enough to take that justice upon Himself to make forgiveness possible… When my innocence was stolen as a young child, twice over, God saw that damage, and He said, ‘This is evil, and it matters to me.’ What happened to me matters, and it is seen, and it is heard, and someone cares, when no one else did.” Her husband is Jacob Denhollander, a transplanted Canadian is studying for the ministry.
Judge Esther Salas’s son was planning on following his mother into a career in the service of justice, inspired by his Christian faith.