A recent assault in the Grays Harbor County Courthouse has many pondering the issue of courthouse violence in Washington State, especially when it comes to family law cases like divorce, child custody, and domestic violence.
After these most recent attacks, some judges have said that the security at the courthouse was extremely lacking – while others say that Washington State law should address the issue of courthouse security by requiring security check points, metal detectors, and security cameras.
Two Examples of why Washington Courts Need Security
On Friday, 34-year-old Steven Daniel Kravetz allegedly entered the Grays Harbor County Superior Court, stabbed a judge, and shot a Sheriff’s deputy with his own handgun. The man, who had a history of domestic violence charges, was difficult to find after the incident due to the court’s lack of security measures.
In 1994, Timothy Craig Blackwell shot his pregnant wife and two of her friends as they sat on a courtroom bench in King County during a break in the couple’s divorce proceeding. His wife, Susana Remerata Blackwell, was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder. The man faced three counts of first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter. The day after the murders, the King County courthouse added security screenings to every entrance of the building.
Seattle Divorce Attorney
Molly B. Kenny is an experienced and knowledgeable Washington State family law attorney who assists clients with divorce cases, child custody cases, domestic violence cases, and the division of property. To learn more about her services, or to speak with a Seattle divorce attorney contact her office today at (435) 460-0550.