Only now are law firms in the Phoenix, Arizona Metro area increasing security.
That has been after Dwight Lamon Jones allegedly gunned down paralegals Valeria Sharp and Laura Anderson at the law offices of Burt, Feldman and Grenier. Law enforcement speculate Jones had a beef with lawyers associated with his divorce.
However, as Rachel Leingang reports in The Republic, this isn't the first time members of the legal community in AZ were murdered by disgruntled clients.
Extreme security measures should have been in-place years ago. The legal system causes frustration. The process can be slow-moving. And the parties involved can go into bankruptcy ponying up the fees for lawyers.
Vivid in the national consciousness, at least for those who love pop culture, was the murder in the courtroom of law partner Will Gardner. That fictional lawyer from "The Good Wife" was offed by a client.
Courthouses usually have mental-detector screenings. Before a verdict is announced, armed officers fill the courtroom.
But law offices are also a setting for the unleashing of emotions which should be planned for.
Law firms which don't provide security in the offices, the building, and the outside areas could be considered downright negligent.
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