Northampton County Executive John Stoffa is concerned that courthouse security is too relaxed. Chief offenders appear to be most of us who work here. We tend to forget our judges are very vulnerable, especially when they try cases involving gang members.
Here's the text of Stoffa's memo to President Judge McFadden, which I found while propping open a doorway to sneak across the street for a fat-free cannoli.
"Today, I learned that a door was left opened in the cafeteria. No one seems to know how it became unlocked. Someone entered the building through this door who apparently, was not a County employee. Moreover, I also learned that we have Sheriff's Deputies that are using a 3rd door on the 7th Street side of the building simply because they have keys and it is closer to their office. There are also instances that I personally have witnessed where someone props the door open on the basement side of the building beneath the employee entrance. I now understand that the detectives may be requesting permission to use an additional entrance into the building and are requesting keys to do so.
"For the record, I want to state that I am opposed to any ingress and egress to the Courthouse other than the employee and rotunda entrances. Since established, our security has been slowly compromised and we are getting more careless as time goes by. Should an unfortunate event occur, I'm not sure how we would defend it. Does anyone really know the number of employees who currently have keys?
"Should you wish to discuss this further, please let me know. I hope that we can all come to a mutual decision on this most important issue."