Thurston's courts are laying off TEN security officers (holy crap- that's a lot of money). Hat tip to Jeremy Pawloski for some reporting that is uncharacteristically good for the Zero.
Check out the logic:
On one hand- Pomeroy who has spent TONS of extra county tax payer paid time with the legislature this past year instead of ...you know, hearing court cases, makes the following arguement.
The only truth in these statements is that Maxwell and Pomeroy definitely don't want to see a decrease in court cases coming their way. Trust me mamma bear- anyone with a penis and testes is afraid of being a subject in that court house- but here's a suggestion: instead of hiring security guards, why not practice the actual law instead of what feels good to you and your cronies at the moment?
"Pomeroy said that women who request anti-harassment orders against stalkers have to appear for hearings in Thurston County District Court, and the decreased security presence there could have a negative effect. Maxwell said that security officers at the three courts also help escort victims and jurors to their cars after court hearings to ensure their safety.
Family Court on Mottman Road is the greatest security risk, because of contentious divorces, child custody cases and domestic violence cases that are heard there, Pomeroy said. Maintaining adequate court security is a huge issue — because if victims are afraid to go to court because there's not enough security, they won't have access to the justice they deserve, Maxwell said.
Then there is this zinger in which security guards were put in place, NOT because of angry recipients of protection orders (read: angry divorced dads), but because a known violent prisoner overpowered a guard who should not have been hired for a security position in the first place:
Wow- how did all of those victims get in and out of the courthouse before the known violent attacker overpowered the 110 lb guard?
Thurston County District Court only began staffing court security officers at a metal detector at its entrance starting in August, 2006 — after an incident in which a prisoner at the jail assaulted a corrections deputy in an elevator. The county subsequently hired security officers at district court after a top to bottom security review and upgrade at District and Superior Court, Maxwell said.