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    US Courtroom: Rape Suspect Escapes uses Gun, Kills Judge, Police, Court Officials,

    Source (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...house_shooting)

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    Three Shot Dead at Ga. Trial; Gunman Flees

    19 minutes ago

    By HARRY WEBER, Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA - A man being escorted into court for his rape trial Friday stole a deputy's gun, killed the judge and two other people and carjacked a reporter's vehicle to escape, setting off a massive manhunt and creating widespread chaos across Atlanta, police said.

    Hundreds of officers in cruisers and helicopters swarmed the area in the search of the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Brian Nichols. The suspect, a former computer technician, had raised alarm a day earlier when he was found in court with two sharp objects hidden in his shoes, prosecutors said.

    The rampage led to chaos around the city, with schools, restaurants and office buildings locking down amid fears that the suspect might strike again. Nichols' mug shot was plastered all over TV screens, and highway message boards issued descriptions of the stolen vehicle.

    "Mr. Nichols is considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached," Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman said. "We are not going to rest until we find him."

    Nichols got the semiautomatic pistol by overpowering the female deputy while he was being led down a corridor in the Fulton County Courthouse, Assistant Police Chief Alan Dreher said. After shooting the deputy in the face, the suspect then went to the courtroom, held about a dozen people at bay for a short time and shot and killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes and court reporter Julie Brandau, authorities said.

    Another deputy, identified as Sgt. Hoyt Teasley, was later killed outside the Atlanta courthouse when he confronted the suspect, Dreher said.

    At one point after the shootings, police said Nichols pistol-whipped a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stole his green 1997 Honda Accord and sped away from a parking garage.

    "When he had the gun in my face, you start to think, `How can I stay alive.' I thought this was a routine carjack. I didn't know two people other were killed," said Don O'Briant, a features writer for the paper.

    The deputy shot while leading Nichols to court survived. The officer, identified as Cynthia Hall, was in critical condition but expected to survive.

    The shootings occurred after the judge and prosecutors had requested extra security for deputies after investigators found the sharp objects in each of Nichols' shoes Thursday, prosecutor Gayle Abramson said. She said the shanks were apparently fashioned by sharpening pieces of a door knob assembly.

    Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman said the extra security that was requested by the prosecutor's office was provided. He refused to elaborate.

    Dreher said there were no other officers other than the female deputy assisting with taking Nichols to court. The law requires that defendants on trial not be handcuffed as they enter the courtroom, to make sure the sight of cuffs doesn't unfairly influence the jury. The shooting occurred shortly after Nichols had changed out of his prison uniform and into street clothes.

    The shootings occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Friday — the fourth day of Nichols' trial. Nichols had been facing a re-trial on charges of rape, sodomy, burglary, and false imprisonment, among others, after his earlier trial ended in a hung jury a week ago.

    "I think he probably realized ... he might be convicted this time, he might not have a chance to walk out," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. "We believe he came here with the intent to make sure that didn't happen."

    Nichols was accused of bursting into his ex-girlfriend's home, binding her with duct tape and sexually assaulting her over three days. Howard said Nichols brought a loaded machine gun into the home and a cooler with food in case he was hungry.

    Nichols, who had been jailed for the last six months, had faced a possible life prison sentence if convicted for rape.

    Nichols' last known job was working as a computer technician for a subsidiary of Atlanta-based shipping giant UPS. Company spokesman Norm Black says Nichols joined the unit in March 2004 and left in September 2004, which was when he was arrested.

    More than 100 state troopers and officers from several agencies, including the FBI (news - web sites), were assisting in the search, but there were few leads, said G.D. Stiles, a Fulton County deputy chief. Offers of help from officers on their days off were pouring in.

    Nichols' attorney, Barry M. Hazen, told CNN that his client is a "very intelligent, articulate man" and never seemed violent. But he acknowledged the concern raised by the sharp objects found in his shoes.

    "Judge Barnes indicated to us that he was going to have security in the courtroom beefed up for the remainder of the trial," said Hazen. "We were most concerned what reaction we would get if a jury were to convict him."

    News of the judge being killed stunned Georgia's legal community, who praised Barnes for his personable approach to justice and his sense of humor.

    "We're shook to the core," said Linda Dreyer, a longtime employee in the court administrator's office who knew Barnes.

    "This is a profound shock. It's so unthinkable, it's like a 9-11 at the courthouse," said fellow Judge Craig Schwall.

    Among the recent cases that Barnes handled was the sentencing of Atlanta Thrashers player Dany Heatley, who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of a teammate.

    Barnes, 64, also drew national attention last month when he approved a plea deal that required a mother of seven who pleaded guilty to killing her 5-week-old daughter to have a medical procedure that would prevent her from having more children.

    James Bailey, a juror at Nichols' trial, said the jury was not in the courtroom at the time of the shooting. He said Nichols had made him and other jurors nervous. "Every time he looked up, he was staring at you," Bailey said.

    A reward of $60,000 was being offered for information leading to Nichols' capture.
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    Black guy kills a Judge, who gives a shyt! Judges are arrogant bastards who over step the law all the time. Personally I could wake up tomorrow and if every judge was hanging from a tree, I would dance a jig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draugr
    Black guy kills a Judge, who gives a shyt! Judges are arrogant bastards who over step the law all the time. Personally I could wake up tomorrow and if every judge was hanging from a tree, I would dance a jig.
    You mention Christian values and make references to scripture and Satan, I mean you no disrespect, but are you a Christian or some sort of Satanic Anarchist yourself? I am confused by your posts, and what you advocate in one seems to contradict what you have posted elsewhere. It makes it hard for me to take you seriously, if I think you are just writing random extreme things about 10,000 year old beings, conspiracies of secret Jews, or hanging all judges and then dancing a jig.

    Do you compose these messages while drunk or under the influence of something else? I am just curious, not saying that you do, but the only people I have known in the past to compose such extreme, yet inconsistent messages were either on something potent, or were bi-polar or both.

    If you are serious, from a practical standpoint, we all may be frustrated with certain aspects of our current systems, yet while more simple systems worked with earlier population levels a functioning legal system is necessary for a functioning society with our current population, many people here want to fix their societies, and create the possibility for a happy home for their people and children – I don’t rule out some sort of Armageddon or Götterdämmerung scenario happening to the world, but lets not bring it on ourselves, ok?

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    I am not even surprised by this. Atlanta seems to attract garbage of all kinds. Atlanta is the closest place to hell-on-Earth I have ever set foot in. :laugh:






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    It is disgusting that this lowly negroid believes his selfish interests are above the law. Not only does he rape a girl, he would rather take the lives of three people - with no consideration for their families - than be penalised for his inexcusable action. He has put himself above the whole of society. If you want to reap the benefits of the system, as negroes undoubtedly do, there is no honour in abusing it. I would gladly see him receive the death penalty, if he is indeed caught.

    When I was discussing this with my dad, he sounded amazed. "Just like something out of the movies!"

    Trust Jewish media to glorify this kind of behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todesritter
    You mention Christian values and make references to scripture and Satan, I mean you no disrespect, but are you a Christian or some sort of Satanic Anarchist yourself? I am confused by your posts, and what you advocate in one seems to contradict what you have posted elsewhere. It makes it hard for me to take you seriously, if I think you are just writing random extreme things about 10,000 year old beings, conspiracies of secret Jews, or hanging all judges and then dancing a jig.
    Christian values do not mean leting injustices permeate the land. Most of the corruption in this country was ushered in by these whores who call themselves Judges. Being a Christian does not mean being a weakling who always turns the other cheek (we only have two cheeks, four if you count the buttocks), no I would gladly go back to a society were there were few police and everyone carried a gun.

    Injustice commited under the color of law does not have the power of law.

    Quote Originally Posted by Todesritter
    Do you compose these messages while drunk or under the influence of something else? I am just curious, not saying that you do, but the only people I have known in the past to compose such extreme, yet inconsistent messages were either on something potent, or were bi-polar or both.
    Today most people have this idea that Christianity means having a nice manner and nice to everyone, wrong. I am a man a principles before people, I do not believe that there is one completely innocent person who works in "law" today (same apllies to medicine, banking, or government).

    Quote Originally Posted by Todesritter
    If you are serious, from a practical standpoint, we all may be frustrated with certain aspects of our current systems, yet while more simple systems worked with earlier population levels a functioning legal system is necessary for a functioning society with our current population, many people here want to fix their societies, and create the possibility for a happy home for their people and children – I don’t rule out some sort of Armageddon or Götterdämmerung scenario happening to the world, but lets not bring it on ourselves, ok?
    Why do hang such importance on this life, you should jettison the cares of this world, for such is the way of the warrior, we do not need peasants now, we need men who are willing to sacrifice everything for their ideals. Too many people have sold their principles for something that looks like security (think of all those WWII vets who gave their power of self-government to the state for money thinking they had secured the future for their children, now we must choke under the burden of a massive buracracy that uses and replaces us with the muds).

    Once you whorship and honor yourself, will be the day you have lost the future for your children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja
    It is disgusting that this lowly negroid believes his selfish interests are above the law. Not only does he rape a girl, he would rather take the lives of three people - with no consideration for their families - than be penalised for his inexcusable action. He has put himself above the whole of society. If you want to reap the benefits of the system, as negroes undoubtedly do, there is no honour in abusing it. I would gladly see him receive the death penalty, if he is indeed caught.

    When I was discussing this with my dad, he sounded amazed. "Just like something out of the movies!"

    Trust Jewish media to glorify this kind of behaviour.
    Listening to too much rap will do that to you. If you don't believe me just give it a try. :biggrin:

    In the good ole days this animal would be dangling lifelessly from a tree. His body hanging there as a warning to others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Draugr
    Black guy kills a Judge, who gives a shyt! Judges are arrogant bastards who over step the law all the time. Personally I could wake up tomorrow and if every judge was hanging from a tree, I would dance a jig.
    Not all judges are bad though. Some actually despense justice and without them we'd be in real trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todesritter
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    Dreher said there were no other officers other than the female deputy assisting with taking Nichols to court. The law requires that defendants on trial not be handcuffed as they enter the courtroom, to make sure the sight of cuffs doesn't unfairly influence the jury. The shooting occurred shortly after Nichols had changed out of his prison uniform and into street clothes.
    This law is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    This law is stupid.
    Agree this statement, and also previous. If it were my daughter or sister he had harmed to be charged, he never would have made it to the courtroom to harm others, including the Court Reporter, who liked to bake and bring cookies to the Jurors to make sure the Jury felt better about an otherwise thankless duty. :icon_sad:

    Court Reporter: Julie Brandau

    /I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for people who forcibly sodomize others, do many other terrible things, and top it off by killing a nice lady who bakes cookies for people; I like cookies.

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    The whole thing stinks of a set up: one, why was one lone female officer assigned to escort him? Two, how was he able to get the drop on another armed officer? Three, why bother jacking a car only to drive one level down? Four, how did he escape the drag net without signs of procurring another vehicle?

    Can we asume: A) the man is a trained professional, B) the Hulton County Sheriff is a joke and fully of incompetents, C) he had an accomplise help him get away, D) it was inside job with someone assigning an incompetent officer as escort, or E) all of the above?

    I know how the corrections prisoner handling is supposed to run as my mother was a Correctional Officer for years at Folsom State Prison. This whole situation shows complete unprofessionalism on the part of the Hulton County Sheriff's Department.

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