King County Superior Court Shuttered Due to Threats of Violence

Credible threats of violence stemming from the protests and riots taking place in downtown Seattle and elsewhere due to the death of George Floyd resulted in the emergency closure of several courthouses and court facilities in King County yesterday.

From The Seattle Times:

“King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Jim Rogers closed courthouses in Seattle and Kent on Monday afternoon after receiving a credible threat of violence, which was relayed by the County Executive’s Office.

Rogers said the information he received at 1:30 p.m. Monday was vague, but he quickly shuttered the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, the Children and Family Justice Center on Alder Street, the Maleng Regional Justice Center (RJC) in Kent, and the involuntary treatment courtroom at Harborview Medical Center.

The courtroom inside the King County Jail was also evacuated, just as the first-appearance calendar was about to begin, Casey McNerthney, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said in an emailed statement.”

As a result of the closures, several dozen people arrested in the midst of the protests and riots were forced to remain in custody while their hearings were unavoidably delayed.

The closure was specific to the events of Monday; court business will resume as normal Tuesday, June 2nd, barring any further disturbances.

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