Court Security

Bullet went through federal judge's chambers into jury room, prompting security review

It doesn’t appear that anyone intentionally targeted a Bay Area federal judge.

But a bullet went through the second-floor Oakland chambers of U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White and into the wall of a jury room there, prompting a security review, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A spokesman for U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe said the round was discovered Sunday in the empty building. The newspaper doesn’t explain how it came to the attention of authorities.

“At this point, it appears that this was a stray bullet, and it does not appear that the courthouse, any federal judges, or members of the court family were specifically targeted,”O’Keefe said in a written statement provided to the Chronicle. “However, the security of federal judges and court staff remain a top priority for the U.S. Marshals, and we will continue to work alongside the courts to determine if any additional security is needed.”

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