Gowdy cites murder of judge’s son in support of bill to keep personal info private

As an ex-prosecutor and former U.S. congressman from South Carolina, Fox News Channel host Trey Gowdy continues to focus his attention on the nation’s judicial system.

In that vein, he recently threw his support behind an initiative that would protect the identities of those involved in sensitive judicial cases, citing a high-profile 2020 case to bolster his argument.

“There can be no recovery”

The case he mentioned involved the attempted assassination of District Judge Esther Salas, which left her son dead and her husband seriously injured.

Gowdy spoke with the judge about her loss and the growing threat posed to judges and prosecutors.

Gowdy addressed the matter in the latest opening monologue of his show Sunday Night in America.

“Murder is the one crime from which there can be no recovery,” he said. “Someone’s life has been taken, and for those who knew and loved that victim, it is a life sentence of grief, unrelenting grief. And no one is immune. Murder does not discriminate.”

“Because she is a judge”

He asserted that the attack on Salas “was not a random act of violence” or a botched property crime.

“It was not a case of mistaken identity,” Gowdy added. “This lawyer targeted Judge Salas because she is a judge. In particular, because she is a female, Latina judge. A 20-year-old is dead because he answered the door at his home. A 20-year-old is dead because his mother is a federal judge.”

Speaking from his own experience, he said that being a judge is a “difficult” and “grueling” career.

“The job description does not include being the grieving parent of a murdered son,” he added, going on to question how the killer obtained the judge’s home address.

“We know the courthouse and the courtrooms of judges are protected,” he said. “But what about the front porches of their homes? What about their spouses and their children? What are we doing to make sure people are not targeted simply for doing their job?”

Gowdy offered a potential solution included in the so-called Daniel Anderl Judiciary Security and Privacy Act, which is named for the judge’s slain son. The bipartisan proposal seeks to protect members of the judiciary and their families by strictly limiting and restricting identifiable information in federal databases and online aggregators.

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