Suspect in killing at federal judge's home is linked to slaying of California lawyer
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The FBI announced Wednesday that it has evidence linking the prime suspect in the killing of a federal judge’s son to the slaying of a rival men’s rights lawyer in California.
Hollander was found dead Monday in upstate New York after apparently shooting himself. He is the suspect in a Sunday evening shooting in North Brunswick, New Jersey, that killed the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas and wounded her lawyer husband.
Salas was in the basement when the gunman, who was dressed as a FedEx driver, opened fire on her 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, after he opened the door. Salas’ husband, 63-year-old criminal defense lawyer Mark Anderl, went to investigate and was shot several times. He has been through several surgeries, according to the Bridgewater Courier News.
Hollander, a men’s rights lawyer, had previously criticized Salas for moving too slowly in his case challenging the all-male draft. He described the judge in his self-published book as “a lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama.”
Hollander may have had a grudge against Angelucci because he also handled a case challenging the male-only draft, CNN reported in a different story.
Hollander thought the case was “proprietary for him” and “was furious and beyond words” when Angelucci took up the cause, said another men’s rights activist, Paul Elam, in a Facebook Live video Monday.
Harry Crouch, president of the National Coalition for Men, confirmed that Hollander was angry because he wasn’t involved in the lawsuit brought by Angelucci and the National Coalition for Men.
“He was very upset and threatened to come to California and kick my ass,” Crouch told CNN. The remark led Crouch and the group’s board to kick Hollander out of the group.
Angelucci’s case is pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans following a win at the district court level.
Hollander had withdrawn from his draft case last year after asking Boies Schiller Flexner partner Nicholas Gravante Jr. to take over, Gravante previously told the New York Times. Hollander said he had terminal cancer and couldn’t continue.
Gravante and Hollander had worked as associates at Cravath Swaine & Moore in the 1980s.
According to reporting by Law.com, Hollander later worked as a contract lawyer doing document review for firms that included Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Reed Smith.
Hollander worked on a matter for Paul Weiss through a temporary agency. A law firm spokesperson said he never worked at the firm. He also worked on a project for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, although he was employed by a temporary agency and not the firm.
Hollander called himself an “anti-feminist” lawyer and had filed lawsuits seeking to halt ladies’ night discounts at bars and a women studies program at Columbia University.
Updated July 24 at 9:15 a.m. to add information on Paul Weiss.