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Statement of Governor Sonny Perdue Regarding Today's Tragic Events at the Fulton County Courthouse

Friday, March 11, 2005  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today regarding the tragic deaths at the Fulton County Courthouse, including Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes:

“Mary and I offer our condolences to the family, friends and associates of Judge Barnes and the brave criminal justice personnel who lost their lives today at the Fulton County Courthouse.  These public servants dedicated themselves to delivering sound justice and gave their lives to upholding the principles of our legal system.  We honor their service to Fulton County and our state. 

“Judge Barnes was a conscientious judge who fully appreciated his role in making the ideals set forth in the Constitution and laws of this state tangible and meaningful to everyday citizens.  He will be sorely missed.

“I encourage all Georgians to continue praying for the speedy recovery of those injured during today's tragic events.”

Governor Perdue has issued an Executive Order directing all flags lowered to half-staff on all Capitol Hill buildings and grounds.