Federal funds may soon be available to beef up courthouse security. The Senate just passed a bill calling for increased security at courthouses, co-sponsored by Texas Sentaor John Cornyn.
State and local courthouses would be eligible to apply for various grants to pay for items like metal detectors, and bulletproof vests for judges, bailiffs, or attorneys. Courthouses could also improve plans they already have. Local prosecutors could also receive money to help protect witnesses in high profile or potentially dangerous trials.
"The court security bill is designed not only to help the judges but to help the citizens who are at the courthouse to resolve the legal difference or to serve as jurors but to make sure that the protection we need to have our justice system work," says Cornyn, (R)-Texas.
Cornyn served as Texas Attorney General and as a Texas Supreme Court Justice, and says he saw judges, attorneys, and even witnesses harassed in courthouses with limited security.
The bill was signed into law on Tuesday by the President.