Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Courthouse Security under Scrutiny

January 2018 Bar Bulletin


By Judge James E. Rogers

Front page, The Seattle Times, July 12: “Judges, citing sanitary, safety issues, call for cleanup around courthouse. Jurors, Workers attacked; sidewalks reek: ‘I’ve never seen it this bad.’”

For years, the Third Avenue side of the King County Courthouse had been deteriorating. Many of us who work there and walk there daily had grown so used to the smell, the verbal abuse, the drug dealing, the intoxication and the screaming that we simply tuned it out. I’ve been walking it for 22 years.

Jurors from all parts of King County have a different reaction — they are horrified. We judges know, because we hear...

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