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Crime scene tape surrounds the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas on July 20, in North Brunswick, N.J. Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP Crime scene tape surrounds the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas on July 20, in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP

The horror and tragedy of the assault and attempted murder of the husband of Judge Esther Salas and the murder of her son is of monumental significance for all judges, not just federal judges. In these volatile and dangerous times all judges and lawyers must be on their guard to protect themselves against actual and potential attacks. I am fortunate because my village has been supportive of my concerns. Through the Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP) I have gotten a free metal detector, and my Village has hired security personnel to supervise entry into our courtroom. Judge Salas has called for ”national dialogue” on safeguarding the privacy of federal judges. Judge Salas is 100% correct, but we should do better than just talking. The Congress, state legislatures and judiciary should take immediate steps to provide additional security for all judges and their families.

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