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Judge asked about courthouse security three years ago

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POINTE COUPEE - The judge who is pleading for more security in the courtroom said he made his first request three years ago and nothing was done about it.

Judge James Best told News Two's Investigative Unit that he first sent a letter to officials three years ago explaining that he was putting together a committee to improve courthouse security.

Just this week, the judge sent another letter asking for more security, referring to a brawl which broke out in his courtroom.

In 2012, some of the recommendations that were put on the table to pay for more security included increasing fines and court costs. Today, Sheriff Bud Torres told News Two's Investigative Unit that he is operating on a tax structure that was approved in 1988.

"It's certainly something that the judge is in a position to regulate that. That is his courtroom. We're here to be serviant to whatever his needs are or his concerns."

The Sheriff is one of the officials the letter was addressed to, and he said he is working on a response to the judge next week.

"We talked last night, after the incident, and we're going to meet a little later on to see exactly what we could do maybe to beef things up," he said.



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