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  •  The shooting took place in the lobby. (7+ / 0-)

    You don't have to go through metal detectors in the Wilmington courthouse unless you want to leave the actual lobby area. I was there a few months ago for a friend's wedding ceremony at the JP court. Anyone can walk in, look around, talk to the person at the info desk, and leave, all without going through a metal detector.

    Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything. -Harry S. Truman / -8.00, -6.77

    by Shadowmage36 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:38:18 AM PST

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    •  Been to two courts in the last six months. (2+ / 0-)
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      Both in CT (Bridgeport and Norwalk).  Both had security right at the door.  No room for anything like this.

      The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

      by Back In Blue on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:42:25 PM PST

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      •  I think it depends... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... on when the courthouse was built.

        Where I live the new courthouse is down the block from the old one.  The old courthouse is one of those big monstrosities built over a century ago, it has entrances in front, back, and both sides.  It's now used for office space, but I haven't been in it for years, so I'm not sure if they have restricted access via all four doors or not.  "Retro-fitting" the old courthouse for four entrances would be almost impossibly expensive.

        The new courthouse is a modern monstrosity, but the screening area where the metal detector is is immediately inside the second front door where the glassed in foyer is where people can wait for a ride.  In fact, there's no other way into the courthouse.  The whole area is glassed in so the guards can see outside to the parking lot and the sidewalk and exit from the parking lot in front where people can be dropped off if they're disabled or during inclement weather, so if someone known to be dangerous approaches they can see that individual.

        I don't know if there's a different area on the back side of the courthouse where employees in the offices downstairs can come and go (with appropriate keys or access cards), but as far as the general public and the lawyers whose eventual destination within the courthouse is the courtrooms on the upper floors, that's all through the one front entrance door, and the exit door is the roped off area that runs beside the entrance line and the side of the metal detector, so there's some kind of directionality to the entrance and exit, but both doors are right there in front.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:34:05 PM PST

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        •  Both courthouses are very old. (1+ / 0-)
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          They just didn't care about how it looked and jammed the equipment up against the doors and blocked off area between the equipment and the space to walk through.  It's inelegant but it seems to work.

          The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

          by Back In Blue on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 01:47:15 AM PST

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