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Posted at 4:51 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Power outage shuts courthouse for day

By Ruben Castaneda
Power at the Upper Marlboro courthouse, which houses dozens of courtrooms and other offices for both the Circuit and District courts, went out shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Following their protocol, Prince George's County sheriff's deputies, who provide security at the building, cleared the courthouse, pending the restoration of power. Deputies at the courthouse entrance on Main Street told people who were trying to get into the building that they could not because of the outage. At about noon, attorneys and other people who work in the courthouse were told the building would be shut down for the entire day, and the facility would reopen on Thursday. Bob Hainey, a spokesman for Pepco, said power at the courthouse was restored by 11:48 a.m. Hainey said a power line had been damaged, and was repaired before noon. The decision to close the courthouse for the entire day was made by Circuit Court Judge Sheila R. Tillerson-Adams, the chief administrative judge for the 7th Circuit, which includes the Prince George's County courthouse, according to private defense attorneys and officials who work in the building. Angelita Plemmer, a spokeswoman for the state judiciary, said Tillerson-Adams decided to close the courthouse for the entire day because she was not sure when power would be restored. In the meantime, a power outage posed security concerns because there were jail inmates in the courthouse for trials or hearings. Secure elevators used to move inmates in the courthouse were not working. "You would have had the general population walking through dark hallways with inmates," Plemmer. [This post has been updated.]

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 16, 2011; 4:51 PM ET
Tags:  Prince George's County courthouse  
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Comments

Too funny. My law partner wishes it was today so he could get out of his trial and play golf.

Ha ha.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 17, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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