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March 14, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys courtrooms converted to high-tech fortresses at a cost of $140,000 for trials involving potentially violent defendants or spectators have seldom been used for that purpose, partly because judges and lawyers dislike the oppressive atmosphere they create. Instead, a steady stream of traffic scofflaws, evicted tenants and compliant crooks have argued their cases there--protected by the best bullet-resistant glass and high-security doors that money can buy.
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February 7, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even with its luminous glass facade and penthouse helipad, commuters on the San Diego Freeway may think it is just another office building bordering Los Angeles International Airport. But by next week, lawbreakers and law abiders alike may view the 10-story building in a decidedly different light. That's when the new Airport Courthouse becomes the criminal justice hub of the Westside.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1988 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
To tighten courthouse security, Los Angeles County officials are buying metal detectors and other safety devices and are considering boosting the number of marshals and sheriff's deputies guarding courtrooms, according to a report released Tuesday. The purchases were approved by Richard Dixon, chief county administrative officer, after agreement last week by the Board of Supervisors that more security is needed. A request for 13 more officers for courtroom security duty is pending before Dixon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995 | NIESON HIMMEL
A woman prisoner was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old male prisoner who escaped from a holding cell in the Downtown Criminal Courts building as he awaited a court hearing on murder and robbery charges, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Thursday. Shermain Brewster freed himself from his cell on the 10th floor about noon Wednesday, went down a hallway and entered the woman's cell where he "attacked her physically and sexually," said Sgt. Richard Dinsmoor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995 | NIESON HIMMEL
A woman prisoner was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old male prisoner who escaped from a holding cell in the Downtown Criminal Courts building as he awaited a court hearing on murder and robbery charges, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Thursday. Shermain Brewster freed himself from his cell on the 10th floor about noon Wednesday, went down a hallway and entered the woman's cell where he "attacked her physically and sexually," said Sgt. Richard Dinsmoor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman seeking a restraining order against her husband Monday in Van Nuys Superior Court was stabbed six times by her estranged spouse outside the courtroom after the case was moved to an area with no metal detectors, police said. Authorities said court bailiffs wrestled the knife from the man, A. J. Wells, 33, of Reseda. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
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March 13, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys courtrooms converted to high-tech fortresses at a cost of $140,000 for trials involving potentially violent defendants or spectators have seldom been used for that purpose, partly because judges and lawyers dislike the oppressive atmosphere they create. Instead, a steady stream of traffic scofflaws, evicted tenants and compliant crooks have argued their cases there--protected by the best bullet-resistant glass and high-security doors that money can buy.
NEWS
February 15, 1995 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., the lunchtime crowd starts to gather outside the Criminal Courts Building. There are the usual throngs of reporters and photographers, the O.J. Simpson supporters, the camera-toting tourists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even with its luminous glass facade and penthouse helipad, commuters on the San Diego Freeway may think it is just another office building bordering Los Angeles International Airport. But by next week, lawbreakers and law abiders alike may view the 10-story building in a decidedly different light. That's when the new Airport Courthouse becomes the criminal justice hub of the Westside.
NEWS
February 15, 1995 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., the lunchtime crowd starts to gather outside the Criminal Courts Building. There are the usual throngs of reporters and photographers, the O.J. Simpson supporters, the camera-toting tourists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys courtrooms converted to high-tech fortresses at a cost of $140,000 for trials involving potentially violent defendants or spectators have seldom been used for that purpose, partly because judges and lawyers dislike the oppressive atmosphere they create. Instead, a steady stream of traffic scofflaws, evicted tenants and compliant crooks have argued their cases there--protected by the best bullet-resistant glass and high-security doors that money can buy.
NEWS
March 13, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys courtrooms converted to high-tech fortresses at a cost of $140,000 for trials involving potentially violent defendants or spectators have seldom been used for that purpose, partly because judges and lawyers dislike the oppressive atmosphere they create. Instead, a steady stream of traffic scofflaws, evicted tenants and compliant crooks have argued their cases there--protected by the best bullet-resistant glass and high-security doors that money can buy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman seeking a restraining order against her husband Monday in Van Nuys Superior Court was stabbed six times by her estranged spouse outside the courtroom after the case was moved to an area with no metal detectors, police said. Authorities said court bailiffs wrestled the knife from the man, A. J. Wells, 33, of Reseda. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1988 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
To tighten courthouse security, Los Angeles County officials are buying metal detectors and other safety devices and are considering boosting the number of marshals and sheriff's deputies guarding courtrooms, according to a report released Tuesday. The purchases were approved by Richard Dixon, chief county administrative officer, after agreement last week by the Board of Supervisors that more security is needed. A request for 13 more officers for courtroom security duty is pending before Dixon.
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