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January 17, 1996 | Reuters
Security at New York's federal courthouse was at its tightest Tuesday in preparation for the sentencing of a militant Muslim cleric and his followers convicted in a bombing plot. The sentencing of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine others is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EST today and is expected to continue into the evening, with each defendant being allowed to speak. Abdel-Rahman, 57, who will be sentenced last, faces up to life in prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1995
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials have beefed up security at Santa Monica Superior Court in anticipation of today's pretrial hearing in wrongful-death lawsuits filed against O.J. Simpson. Additional sheriff's personnel will staff the courthouse at the 3 p.m. hearing, and contingency plans have been prepared for future hearings. "We're trying to anticipate the best we can," said Sgt. Terry Black. "Actually, we're expecting more media than anyone else."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1997 | TINA DAUNT and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting sheriff's deputies from participating in further sickouts or other work actions aimed at forcing the county Board of Supervisors to meet their union's demands for a pay raise. Saying a weeklong series of job actions by deputies who guard courthouses and jails poses a threat to the health and welfare of the community, Judge Ricardo A. Torres told attorneys for the Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Grand Jury called on the Board of Supervisors Wednesday to pay for airport-style security devices at the courthouse here, citing increased crime in the Civic Center area and shootings at other Southern California courts. Each day, an estimated 7,200 people enter the county court building in Santa Ana, which houses 11 floors of courtrooms and allows "virtually unrestricted access," the grand jury report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
Metal detectors guarding the doors of the Van Nuys and San Fernando courthouses will no longer be staffed as of July 1 because of proposed county budget cuts, court officials said Wednesday. "This seems to pose a significant risk to those who use these facilities," said Superior Court Judge Cecil Mills, who is supervising criminal judge. "I think we have an obligation to provide a safe haven to those who use the courthouse."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the aftermath of a fatal courthouse shooting that many predicted would happen but few took steps to prevent, the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to transfer all courthouse security responsibilities from county safety police to the Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A box of toner left by a United Parcel Service deliveryman. A briefcase left in a courtroom. "Some sort of cylinder" attached to a dead chicken. These are some of the nonexplosive objects that have shaken up the Van Nuys courthouse lately. Last week Los Angeles sheriff's deputies evacuated hundreds of people from the courthouse for the sixth time this year because of a possible bomb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1995
An Anaheim woman leaving a Pomona court after a child custody hearing was shot and wounded Thursday, and her ex-husband was arrested, police said. Sheila Walder, 32, of Anaheim was shot in the leg and arm and was transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Pomona Police Lt. Louie Hernandez said. Walder's ex-husband, Hubert Johnson, 35, of Pomona was held for investigation of attempted murder in lieu of $500,000 bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1988 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement officers Tuesday hauled before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors dozens of guns, ice picks and switch-blade knives that had been seized at two courthouses--evidence enough, they argued, for why detection devices should be installed at every county courthouse. Though not promised everything they asked for, proponents of improved security left fairly pleased.
NEWS
January 20, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man shot his estranged wife, a teen-age bystander and himself outside a courtroom Tuesday, and judges stopped work for the rest of the day to protest lax security. The wife died several hours later. The shooting was the second in six months in a Texas courthouse. In an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dallas County commissioners approved $200,000 to improve courthouse security. The gunman, Van Huynh, 30, was listed in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
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