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Husband and son of federal judge in New Jersey shot in their home

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas

Ted Sherman, Noah Cohen and Kevin Shea

NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

The husband and son of a federal judge were shot at their home in Middlesex County on Sunday evening, according to two law enforcement sources.

Mark Anderl, 63, a defense attorney and husband of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, and their son, Daniel, 20, were wounded in the shooting at their home in North Brunswick, the sources told NJ Advance Media.

The gunman may have been dressed as a FedEx deliveryman, the two sources said.

Local, state and federal authorities were at the scene, but did not immediately release details of the incident of the investigation. Officials did not comment on the conditions of the injured. The judge was not injured, according to the sources.

Officials with the FBI’s Newark division were at the home for “law enforcement activity,” a spokeswoman said. The agency did not elaborate.

A spokeswoman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office would only confirm an active investigation in the township.

Anderl served as an assistant prosecutor in Essex County before entering private practice.

Judge Salas, who is based in Newark, was the first Hispanic female to be appointed to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Salas, 51, has handled cases involving members of the Grape Street Crips, in connection with a long-running drug-trafficking network that was taken down by the FBI in 2015. She was also the judge who sent Real Housewives stars Joe and Teresa Giudice to prison.

Salas was nominated by President Obama as a U.S. District Court judge in December 2010. She was confirmed by the Senate in June 2011.

Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL.

Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com.


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