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Issues of court security come to forefront

The Minnesota Justice system is reeling from a Cook County Court shooting that left three injured. KARE-11 reports concerns over safety are being raised, and although most courts have electronic security more than 60 percent are without metal detectors.
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The Minnesota Justice system is reeling from a Cook County Court shooting that left three injured. KARE-11 reports concerns over safety are being raised, and although most courts have electronic security more than 60 percent are without metal detectors.

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