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Old 03-11-2005, 02:32 PM   #1
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Tragic Mistakes in the Atlanta Courthouse

Why was this 200 lb plus six foot guy being escorted into
the court by a much smaller female deputy? (only one
deputy to guard this guy)

He had already tried to smuggle weapons into the courthouse.

The crimes he is commited are horrendous.

The warning signs were all over the this, yet nothing
was done.

This should not have happened.
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There are so many questions being raised about this.

He tried to carry home made knives to court earlier this week. They already knew he was dangerous.

I feel for the families of the victims who died.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:39 PM   #3
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man on trial for rape grabbed a deputy's gun and opened fire at an Atlanta courthouse on Friday, killing a judge and two other people before escaping and triggering a manhunt across several southeastern states.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...g_atlanta_dc_8

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I'm guessing this is what you are talking about.
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just awful. simply awful.
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Unspeakably horrible.
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Hi!

I thought a lot of vehicles now have GPS tracking............perhaps not.

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I live in Atlanta, and my mom had jury duty a few months ago. Her case was with Judge Barnes, and she said he was such a nice man. I'm really sad for his family and for the families of the deputy sheriff and court recorder who were killed. It was a little freaky earlier today, they were locking down the schools and everything. I didn't have school and was home alone with my younger brother, and I was being sort of paranoid and locking all the doors.

I too wonder why a female deputy was alone with a 200+ pound man, 6'1, who was on trial for sexual assault. I watched the press conference with the DA, and he defended that saying he believed that women were capable of everything men were. I'm all feminist and everything, but even I know that when it comes to brute force, we're not the best at it.

Of course the only one really to blame is this mad asshole, I just hope they consider security measures more in the future....
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They caught him!
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I'm so glad they caught him
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I'm so glad this asshole was caught.
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I am sorry that another person was killed this morning because of this bastard.

Justice will be served and hopefully mistakes like this will never happen again.
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The victims' families will never get over this.
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and may they never be forgotten:

[q]A Look at the Shooting Victims in Ga.


By The Associated Press

Brief profiles of the four people shot and killed in Georgia:



Rowland Barnes

Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes could laugh at himself.

The 64-year-old would appear in skits at the Atlanta Bar Association's annual charity fund-raiser — sometimes wearing only his underwear.

"How many judges would do that? He could laugh at himself better than anybody," defense attorney Don Samuel said.

Barnes, of College Park, Ga., was also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in 1972.

He maintained ties with Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., where he received an economics degree in 1962 and was a backup quarterback on the school's football team. He recently helped raise money for a memorial to a teammate who suffered a fatal injury during a game in 1961.

Named to the Superior Court bench in 1998, Barnes previously worked as a part-time Fulton County magistrate and a city court judge in Hapeville and Fairburn.

His wife, Claudia, is a judicial assistant for another judge and was working in the courthouse when her husband was killed.

Barnes is survived by two daughters and four stepchildren.

Julie Brandau

Court reporter Julie Brandau was the type of person everyone wanted to work with.

She often brought homemade cookies, brownies and other sweets to the courthouse for colleagues and jurors serving in trials that Barnes presided over.

Brandau, 46, of Snellville, Ga., had been Barnes' court reporter for about 25 years. Her baking was featured in a 2002 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

"Every day of every trial, she creates something special for our jurors," the judge said in the article. "They have dined on everything from peach bread to the best oatmeal cookies, and on every concoction in between. Sometimes she invents a recipe and sometimes she doesn't, but she has never ceased to please the crowd."

In the article, Brandau was quoted as saying: "I have the privilege of working for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland W. Barnes as his court reporter. He is always in my corner.

"There is never a dull moment with my job. I have heard it all," she added.



Brandau was born in Moncks Corner, S.C. She is survived by an 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman at Auburn University in Alabama.

Hoyt Teasley

Hoyt Teasley was known as a protector.

People recalled that when he was young, he once took off on his bike to help find a missing neighborhood girl.

The 44-year-old father was also protective of his two children.

"I think of him with those two children," former Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett said at the hospital where Teasley was pronounced dead.

Teasley was trying to protect others when he was shot during his attempt to apprehend the gunman outside the courthouse.

David Wilhelm

David Wilhelm had been posted throughout the South during his nearly 18-year career with the federal government.

He had been stationed in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and had become assistant special agent-in-charge in Atlanta in November with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly the U.S. Customs Service.

"His death is a loss for the entire law enforcement community in Atlanta and around the country," said Russ Knocke, director of public affairs for the bureau. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers."

Wilhelm's brother is an agent with the Atlanta bureau, said a spokeswoman.

Wilhelm, 40, is survived by his wife.

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On the Today show this morning she talked about how she read to him from The Bible and A Purpose Driven Life.

Such a tragic waste that he made the choices he made to take four lives

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The suspect in four Atlanta killings told the woman he held hostage for about seven hours that he thought she was an "angel sent from God," she said Sunday night.

The woman, Ashley Smith, told reporters that she spoke of religion and family -- including her 5-year-old daughter -- in a bid to win the sympathy of Brian Nichols, the 33-year-old suspect.

Nichols, meanwhile, could appear in court as soon as Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Georgia said.

Authorities launched a wide-ranging manhunt for Nichols, a defendant in a rape trial, after he allegedly killed a judge, a sheriff's deputy and court reporter before escaping from a courthouse in downtown Atlanta about 9 a.m. Friday.

After 2 a.m. Saturday, Nichols forced his way into Smith's apartment in suburban Gwinnett County, tied her up and threatened her life, Smith said.

He drove to the apartment complex in a truck he stole from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent David Wilhelm after shooting Wilhelm to death in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, according to police.

Smith said Nichols eventually unbound her hands and feet.

"I basically just talked to him and tried to gain his trust," said Smith, who was widowed four years ago and had lived in the apartment for only two days.

Smith said she asked Nichols why he chose her and that apartment complex.

"He said he thought I was an angel sent from God," she said.

Smith said Nichols allowed her to leave to visit her daughter and that she dialed 911 about 9:50 a.m., law enforcement sources said.

As Smith was leaving, she said Nichols asked her: "'Is there anything I can do while you're gone, like hang your curtains or something?'"

"He just wanted some normalness to his life," she said.
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