Judge refusing cases in courtroom he deems unsafe

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Jan 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Hennepin County judge says he won't hear cases at a suburban courtroom in Brooklyn Center unless the facility begins some sort of weapons screening.

Judge Lloyd Zimmerman expressed concern after a Dec. 15 shooting critically injured a prosecutor and witness at the Cook County Courthouse in northern Minnesota. Zimmerman says in an email to his colleagues that he's tired of entering the Brookdale courthouse and wondering whether he "will be carried out in a body bag.''

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has been calling for increased weapons screening at all the courthouses for years. He says there's no need to delay implementing weapons screening.

He says the county could use portable metal detectors in the short term, until a more permanent solution is found.

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