An anti-feminist suspected of shooting the son of the judge in the case of Jeffrey Epstein’s bank accounts

An anti-feminist suspected of shooting the son of the judge in the case of Jeffrey Epstein's bank accounts

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The federal judge in charge of analyzing the case of the bank accounts of Jeffrey Epstein at Deutsche Bank Esther Salas was shot dead Sunday night at her home in New Jersey. The magistrate’s son, 20, was killed by a shot to the heart and her husband, attorney Mark Anderl, 63, was seriously injured, hospitalized and in critical condition. Salas was unharmed from the attack, as reported by the police and the FBI. The main suspect in the crime is the anti-feminist lawyer Roy Den Hollander, found dead Monday, a few hours after the event, in New York.

Neighbors have reported to the American press that a man dressed as a FedEx company courier knocked on the door of the magistrate’s home in the North Brunswick community around 5:00 p.m. local time (11 p.m. in mainland Spain) and she shot the judge’s son first, and her husband later. Salas was in the basement of the property, so the attacker could not find her. Then she fled.

Just four days ago, Salas had received the file on investor class action lawsuits against the bank that kept the accounts of the controversial American tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, accused of child sex trafficking and who committed suicide last year in prison. Neighbors have told the Associated Press that Salas had previously expressed concern about handling high-profile court cases and that his person could become a target.

Authorities are investigating Den Hollander as the main suspect, whose body was found in a Monday morning in New York with a gunshot wound, in what is believed to be suicide. Den Hollander described himself, according to the newspaper The New York Times, as an anti-feminist and had filed several complaints in recent years against bars for offering female-only discounts and against Columbia University for teaching classes on gender studies. On his website, according to the agency France Presse (Afp), Den Hollander calls men to “fight for their rights before losing them.”

In 2014, Salas sentenced a famous reality TV couple to prison Real Housewives of New Jersey –Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice–, upon finding them guilty of fraud. She also sentenced Farad Roland, leader of the South Side cartel in Newark, to 45 years in prison in 2018. However, the magistrate has become more relevant last week by receiving the case of Deutsche Bank and Epstein. The complaint against the bank indicates that the financial institution did not adequately supervise the activity of Epstein’s accounts, which allowed him to carry out high-risk million-dollar transactions related to the plot of sexual exploitation of minors in which he participated.

Two weeks ago, Deutsche Bank was fined $ 150 million (about € 131 million) by the New York State Department of Financial Services and acknowledged “significant flaws” in the account monitoring process of Epstein, even though they knew his criminal record.

The billionaire was sentenced last year to 45 years in prison for exploiting and sexually abusing teenagers, through a pyramid scheme. On August 12, 2019, the billionaire was found dead in his cell in a Manhattan, New York, prison. The event caused a lot of speculation, since the detainee had been on surveillance for suicide risk after an incident, and he was transferred again to a unit without special prevention equipment.

Judge Salas, 51, of Cuban and Mexican descent, is the first Latina in New Jersey to head a federal court. It was named in 2010 by President Barack Obama. The United States Attorney General, William Barr, sent her “deep condolences” to the magistrate and her family in a statement, saying she mobilized “the full resources of the FBI” to investigate the crime, reports Afp.

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