Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

A False Sense of Security Part II

On July 19th, a gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person shot U.S. Judge Esther Salas' son and husband at their home in New Jersey. In the wake of that tragedy, Chief Judge Don Myers invited top court security expert and former U.S. Marshal, John Muffler back on the show to discuss the challenges of protecting the judiciary in the digital age. From policing social media to conducting disinformation campaigns and beyond, listen in as they explore the best practices for staying safe both on and offline.

Show Notes:

  • 0:30 - Introduction of John Muffler, former U.S. Marshal
  • 1:47 - Details of the shooting at the home of U.S. Judge Esther Salas
  • 3:29 - Comparison with the shooting of Judge Lefkow
  • 5:03  - Pattern recognition and potential dangers to avoid
  • 5:27 - Exploiting the Internet, developing an attack plan
  • 7:21 - Data aggregation services, social media, and private information
  • 8:28 - Judge Salas' request: reform to protect the information of Judges
  • 9:18 - California - a leader in judicial privacy protection
  • 11:44 - The Internet and being careful about what you put out there
  • 12:30 - Belief that online information is too easily accessible
  • 14:37 - Maintaining privacy in the digital age
  • 15:54 - What to delete from your social media pages
  • 18:13 - Muffler teaching at the National Judicial College
  • 19:27 - Best practices for staying safe online and offline


Open Ninth
Episode 106

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 21:29



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

John F. Muffler, MS, CTM

Board Certified Threat Management Consultant

John is an accomplished threat assessment and law enforcement professional with over 30 years' experience in high level workplace safety and security.