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Atlanta, Georgia / Courthouse Killings / Judges Security #783034

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 11, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Steve Osunsami) The ongoing manhunt for Brian Nichols after the killings this morning inside & outside at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta featured; diagram shown of what happened when Nichols overpowered a policewoman, shot her in the face, shot & killed Judge Rowland Barnes†, his court reporter & a sheriff's deputy before stealing a getaway car; details given of the charges against Nichols & of the issue of security at the courthouse. [Two WITNESSES, newspaper reporter Don O'BRIANT†- describe what happened.] [District attorney Paul HOWARD†- speculates about Nichols.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The sensitive issue of security for courts & judges examined in light of the Atlanta & Chicago shootings; scenes shown of weapons confiscated on the way into the criminal courts building in Chicago; details given about the number of threats against federal judges & about the trend of unstable people winding up in prison. [Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Michael SHEEHAN†- comments on weapons.] Justice Department study findings that the Marshals Service is underfunded & undermanned quoted. [Senator Richard DURBIN†- comments on resources.] [Northwestern University psychiatrist Dr. Linda TEPLIN†- says the justice system is the court of last resort for those with mental disorders.] The high security at the new federal courthouse in Seattle cited as an example. Federal court Judge John COUGHENOUR†- outlines the options for the judges.]

Jennings, Peter;
Osunsami, Steve;
Reynolds, Dean

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