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Howard County Courthouse to get new security

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Two decades after a bomb exploded in the Howard County Courthouse, new security measures are being implemented.

County commissioners earlier this week passed new security rules requiring photo identification badges for employees, and metal detectors and X-ray machines at the public entrance. This comes after a decision last fall to use $29,295 of homeland security money for the upgrades and security officers. Certain visitors, including attorneys, can obtain a frequent visitor pass for $50 that allows them to bypass the detectors.

Workers will have to swipe their cards at a reader at the employee entrance and won't have to go through the security. No weapons will be allowed inside the building. Anyone violating the rules can be fined up to $2,500 and employees could be fired. The new security measures are expected to be in place by the end of July.

Officials told the Indiana Lawyer previously they'd been considering security changes since 1987, when a man being tried on drug charges smuggled into the courthouse a briefcase with pipe bombs inside. It exploded, killing the man and injuring 15 people.
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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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