Atlanta Courthouse Still Lacks Security Plan


Atlanta’s Fulton County courthouse, where a rape defendant killed a judge and three others and escaped four years ago, still doesn't have a security plan, reports the Associated Press. Three years after state legislators mandated that every sheriff in Georgia adopt such a plan, sheriffs in as many as 14 counties haven't done so, says the state sheriffs' association.

The delays worry officials who fear a replay of Brian Nichols’ murderous rampage, when he wrested a gun from a sheriff's deputy and killed a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent. Nichols was sentenced in December to life without parole. Former state Sen. Joseph Carter, who sponsored the law requiring security plans, is unsettled by the lack of one at the vast Fulton County Courthouse, a sprawling downtown complex where thousands of people pass through daily.

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