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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Judicial Security

If federal and state judges are concerned for their own safety, even inside their supposedly "secure" courtrooms, how attentively will they be able to focus on their cases?

The murder of a Georgia Superior Court judge in his courtroom in March 2005 certainly brought the issue of judicial security to the public's attention.

In 2005 the National Center for State Courts and the National Sheriff's Association commissioned the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, to prepare a plan for judicial security. That plan, A National Strategic Plan for Judicial Branch Security, was authored by Pamela Casey and presented to the sponsors on February 7, 2006.

Then on July 9, 2007, the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, released an updated report titled, Judicial Security: Responsibilities and Current Issues. That updated report focused attention primarily on the security of the federal judiciary but also recognized that state judges far outnumber federal judges and are equally at risk.


Blogger seenthatbefore said...

yes security is important. but why do they need 4 men guarding the front door/metal detector at the Cthouse in Cda, at one time?

8:41 PM, August 03, 2007  

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