leaders were quick to weigh in on an incident involving a gun in a Madison
County courtroom last week. An individual who was being sentenced to a 10-year
prison term on drug charges pulled a gun out of his pocket, brandished it around
the courtroom then fled. He was arrested a short time later a few blocks from
President Guy Cook issued a statement
last Friday (March 28) urging a review and implementation of security measures
in county courthouses that were recommended in a 2005 report compiled by ISBA’s
task force on courthouse security. This morning (April 2), President Cook
statements to the Madison County Board of Supervisors’ decision late
yesterday to ban all guns from the courthouse.
supervisors’ decision makes Madison County the last of the 16 counties in the
Fifth Judicial District to implement a ban on guns in the courthouse.