Attack on Judge Esther Salas, possible planned assault on Judge Janet DiFiore was workplace violence
By now, most have heard about Sunday's outrageous attack at the home of United States District Court Judge Esther Salas, a glass ceiling breaker and the first Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey, which left the respected jurist's 20-year-old son dead and her husband wounded.
Reports have now surfaced the suspect, a 72-year-old "mens rights" anti-feminist lawyer Roy Den Hollander, who was later found dead in a car in New York state of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, had the name and photograph of New York State’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore, on him.
The growing fear is that after his violent assault on Judge Fiore's family, the murderer/attempted murderer may have also planned a hit on Judge DiFiore.
Photograph of Judge Salas taken at Rutgers University.
Photograph of Judge DiFiore by Rob Abruzzese
The perpetrator engaged in workplace violence in its most deadly format against people of the opposite gender.
As an litigator, Hollander worked in the court systems where Judge Salas and Judge DiFiore were also employed at.
His distain for women as a class was evident in the types of cases he dedicated his life's work to.
For instance, Hollander represented clients in a class action "mens rights" case before Judge Salas, in which he asserted alleged preferential treatment in favor of women in the military's civil service process.
Meantime over in the New York state court system, Hollander challenged the legality of such things as "ladies nights" in bars on the grounds of sex.
In that case, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge stated Hollander was not the victim of gender discrimination as he claimed when he was told to pay up at the door while a fellow patron, a female, was let in for free.
Hollander opined "There's no justice for guys in this day and age."
There is a clear correlation between Hollander's work and his attack upon Judge Salas and possible planned second one upon Judge DiFiore.
Had Judge Salas answered the door on Sunday rather than her son, she might might have been killed. Instead, Judge Salas must live the rest of her life without her child who was taken from her in the most savage way possible, in a place where he should have been safe: The family home.
Judge DiFiore may well have been a second target on Hollander's list of innocent victims.
Judge Salas and Judge DiFiore were employed in positions of authority and power over Hollander in his employment, either directly (in Judge Salas' case) or indirectly (in Judge DiFiore's case).
Hollander's words, actions, attitude and life's work suggest he did not like it, he did not like it one bit, and decided to act upon his bias against women in the way he did.
Hollander's website, which has now been taken down, gives further clues as to his motive. There he stated:
"Now is the time for all good men to fight for their rights before they have no rights left."