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Madison County Sheriff Worried About “Cell Shots” in Courthouse

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – One local sheriff wants to make sure you don’t get a good cell shot inside his courthouse.

Smart phones aren’t allowed in the Madison County, Illinois courthouse in Edwardsville. But not just for the usual bans against cameras and recorders in courtrooms.

“We even have documented cases that cell phones have been converted into 4-shot, 22-caliber pistols,” explains County Sheriff Robert Hertz. Hertz says so far he hasn’t seen one come through security at the county courthouse, “but I have read and seen the intelligence provided through the federal government on the fact that the devices exist and that’s all I need to be convinced.” Hertz tells KMOX he’s concerned that as time goes on they could become widespread.

Hertz says it would be impossible for his deputies to take the time to screen every smart phone. Administrators are installing lockers in the courthouse foyers for the public to store their electronic devices before they enter. Inside they’re re-installing something many of us haven’t seen for a while — good old-fashioned payphones.
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