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  • Just standing in from the of the courtroom before the bench is a humbling experience

    • by tfedge
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      In the Federal Building on Magnolia Street here in Bellingham, Washington is a little know, little used courtroom. I love it. It’s beautiful.

      In this day when many courthouses are being replaced by modern courtrooms full of video equipment and computers, this one stands out. The courtroom is made out of wood!

      Everything is wood, beautiful clear wood with no knots.

      The gallery for spectators is


      made up of several rows of old fashioned benches that look like church pews. A modesty wall separates the gallery from the court proper complete with a swinging door just like the ones on the Perry Mason show from the 1950s.

      In fact everything about it is like a movie set from the 1940s or 50s. Dominating the room is a raised judge?s bench.

      Dominating is ...


      • the right word. Just standing in from the of the courtroom before the bench is a humbling experience.

        With a courtroom full of lawyers and a bailiff and a judge sitting high above the world wearing a black robe must be intimidating. I drop by once and awhile just to look at the courtroom.

        Sadly, it’s almost always free. It’s located downtown where there is little

        parking, so it just isn’t used any longer.

        I’ve always had a fantasy that I could stage the play ‘Inherit the Wind’ there. With the actors serving as the court officers , the prosecutor’s team and the defense team.

        The main gallery would be for the audience and twelve lucky audience members could sit in the jury gallery. I think it’s a natural setting!.

        Stop by if you get a chance.




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