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Courthouse Shooter Was 'Terrified' of Prison: Ex-Wife

Inmate Larry Gordon was apparently able to grab gun from officer while handcuffed

(Newser) - The inmate who grabbed a deputy's gun and killed two people inside a Michigan courthouse has been identified by police as 44-year-old Larry Gordon of Coloma. Authorities say a deputy was escorting Gordon from a holding cell inside Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph when Gordon overpowered the officer... More »

US Marshal Worker Caught Being Naughty on Court Roof

Nearby resident in Harrisburg, Penn., snaps photos

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Harrisburg, Penn. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to ABC27 News... More »

Convicted of Killing Wife, Guy Kills Himself in Court

Mark Faville, 72, died moments after verdict was read

(Newser) - A Virginia man died Friday moments after he was convicted of his wife's murder, apparently by killing himself in the courthouse, the Roanoke Times reports. Found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—which carries a sentence of one to ten years—72-year-old Mark Faville was taken to a holding room. The... More »

Detroit Inmate Flees After Stabbing Cop

Carjacked van found; man still on loose

(Newser) - A Detroit inmate is on the run after stabbing a cop and holding another deputy briefly hostage, the Detroit Free Press reports. The inmate fled the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Courthouse, where the attack occurred, Fox 2 and ABC 7 report. The man, identified as Derek White, 25, stole... More »

3 Dead in Shooting at Del. Courthouse

Suspect among the dead; apparent target was his ex

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at a courthouse in Wilmington, Del., this morning, initiating a shootout with police officers in the lobby before he passed through metal detectors. The incident left at least three people dead—two women and the shooter himself—and at least two officers wounded, the Delaware News ... More »

Court's Glass Stairs Prompt Warnings of Peeping Toms

Ohio judge: 'If you wear dresses, you're on notice'

(Newser) - A brand-new $105 million courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, features a prominent set of glass stairs. Ah, the aesthetics of light and air, the sensation of floating ... the potential for pervs to gather beneath and look up women's clothes. "If you wear dresses, you're on notice that you... More »

Man Guns Down Judge and Clerk in Belgian Court

Nearby school closed as police hunt for suspect

(Newser) - A female judge and a court clerk were shot dead earlier this morning in the middle of a session in Belgium's main court in Brussels, the BBC reports. Shots were heard ringing out from the Palais de Justice at about 11:15am local time (4:15 ET). The victims were... More »

Judge Orders 'Ashamed' Madoff to Jail on Guilty Plea

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty this morning to all 11 felony charges against him, saying he was "sorry and ashamed" for his criminal acts. The judge accepted the plea and revoked Madoff's bail, bringing cheers from spectators in the courtroom. Madoff was escorted out in handcuffs and will remain in... More »

Atlanta's Courthouse Killer Gets Life Without Parole

Jury deadlocked over whether multiple murderer should be executed

(Newser) - A Georgia man convicted of killing four people after escaping from custody will serve consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Brian Nichols was found guilty last month of killing a judge, a court reporter, a sheriff's deputy, and a federal agent. The jury spared... More »

Bomb Damages San Diego Courthouse

FBI probing possible serial link to earlier blast

(Newser) - In what could be the work of a serial bomber, a multi-pipe bomb exploded yesterday at a San Diego courthouse, shattering its door and blasting shrapnel across the street, ABC News reports. No one was hurt in the predawn explosion. The FBI is investigating the incident, which follows a similar... More »

UN Forces Withdraw From Kosovo Town

100 hurt in battle to retake courthouse

(Newser) - UN police trying to retake a courthouse were forced to withdraw from the Kosovo city of Mitrovica after clashes with ethnic Serbs, reports the BBC. NATO troops were left in charge of security after the worst violence since Kosovo declared independence; AFP reported at least 100 police and protesters were... More »

Jailed Woman Left for 4 Days

Illegal immigrant lived without food or water; bailiff a 'broken man'

(Newser) - An illegal immigrant was forgotten in a courthouse holding cell in Springdale, Ark. for 4 days without food, water, or a toilet, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. With only sparse furniture and a lightbulb in her cell, Adriana Torres-Flores slept on the floor and drank her own urine to survive. The... More »

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