True to the courthouse name, courts meet with judges sitting on the bench, administering justice and providing rulings in many types of criminal and civil cases in Jackson County Alabama
The Jackson County Courthouse erupted in terror on a warm spring day on May 31st 2006 in Scottsboro, Alabama, gunshots broke the calm, blood stained the floors and sidewalks. This is where the Courthouse Security story begins. "If you do not learn from your history, you are doomed to repeat it." Circuit Court Judge John Graham, pictured above (photo by G. Morgan).
Family dispute, child custody battle, part of the AP wire report stated: "The victims remained hospitalized in critical condition. . . John Christopher Lee Sr., 49, was charged with two counts of attempted murder after being arrested in the shooting Wednesday of Robert Lee Hunter, 26, of New Hope, and Hunter’s mother, Debra Parker, 45, of Madison, outside the Jackson County Courthouse.. . . a custody dispute had been going on between the children’s mother and father." http://www.gadsdentimes.com/lifestyle/20060602/victims-critical-in-scottsboro-courthouse-shooting
Circuit Court Judge John Graham related to me at the north entrance of the courthouse after the Security Committee Meeting his vivid account of the incident on that memorable day in May of 2006 at the courthouse entrance, pictured below with crime scene tape. "One of the victims had managed to run back into the courthouse for protection before collapsing. There was blood dripping from his tie, the blood dripped onto the floor, forming a pool. . . I immediately ordered the courthouse doors locked"
Scott Kellenberger, an Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officer, looked out a front windows when the shots rang out. He immediately responded to the front of the courthouse entrance where he met the perpetrator and stopped him at the front door of the courthouse. Source reports stated the perpetrator was headed to the courtroom to finish his attempts to murder everyone involved.
Judge Graham further stated: "There must be credentialed law enforcement officers at the security checkpoints in the courthouse." No one may be in the courthouse with firearms except law enforcement officers.
There have been several attempts to enter the courthouse with firearms. One of the Sheriffs Deputies who regularly mans the security checkpoint related, there have been 6 persons carrying firearms stopped at the security checkpoints since June of this year. One man was arrested acting very suspicious while attempting to enter, he was found to have a cocked handgun in his possession. Additionally, Sheriff Deputies stated they have found numerous large knives. Knives may not be brought into the courthouse longer than 2 1/2 inches in length.
PRESIDING CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE JENNIFER HOLT'S ORDER - OCTOBER 11, 2018
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