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Iowa Bar Association Urges Tighter Courthouse Security
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Bar Association is asking officials to examine security at the state's county courthouses following an incident in Madison County.
The incident Monday involved a man who allegedly pulled out a weapon and brandished it around the courtroom. Twenty-nine-year-old Cory Lee Daugherty was in there to be sentenced on drug charges. He escaped but was arrested a short time later.
Madison County doesn't prohibit visitors from having firearms in the courthouse.
ISBA President Guy Cook said in a statement Friday that although courthouse security varies from county to county, "certain basic security measures" should be considered.
Daugherty faces multiple charges in connection to the incident, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. Court records do not list an attorney.