Shootings at or near two courthouses last week illustrate the continuing challenge facing judges and court administrators who want to protect the public and court staff, a National Law Journal article suggests.
William E. Raftery and Timothy F. Fautsko of the National Center for State Courts wrote the article on the heels of a shooting that left three people dead at a Delaware courthouse (see Gavel Grab) and a non-fatal shooting in a parking area outside a South Carolina courthouse (see Associated Press article for background). The National Center for State Courts is a Justice at Stake partner group.
What has been learned in past years and apparently last week “is the critical nature that security at the entrance plays,” the authors wr0te. “Stopping a potential assailant at the courthouse doors is the easiest way to minimize tragedy.”