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Resource ID: #22093
Subject: Courts
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Date: June 26, 2005



This investigation was a follow-up to the March 11 shootings at the courthouse in Fulton County, GA in which Brian Nichols killed a judge, a reporter and a sheriff's deputy. The investigation found that long-standing problems in the Sheriff's Department set the stage for this tragedy; specifically, it cites "rampant absenteeism, conflicting allegiances, a disregard for physical fitness, ineffective management and poor emergency preparedness." The investigation shows how those long terms issues were present in the seemingly insignificant decisions made by sheriff's deputies on the day of the shooting that contributed to Nichols' success.

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