Local prosecutors say threats part of the job

Local prosecutors say threats part of the job
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:14am

The men and women who prosecute criminals in Texas courtrooms are used to threats, it’s part of the job, but the Gregg County district attorney said Monday his staff knew to keep their eyes open before their counterparts in Kaufman County were gunned down.

“Every lawyer in this office knows to be, not necessarily wary, but to be aware of their surroundings,” Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough said Monday. “That would be the case had this event not happened. ... It’s the same sort of caution that everybody should exercise.”

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said he held discussions with both his command staff regarding courthouse security and with Dorrough. Any steps taken on either of those fronts, if any, would be kept confidential, the sheriff said.

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