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Former Law Student Is Banned From Court After Knife Arrest

A former law student who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after authorities reportedly found 1,600 handguns, knives and other weapons in his Chicago home last week has been banned from all Cook County courthouses unless he is required to be there by law.

Kevin Long, 48, was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to bring four hunting knives, in a briefcase, into the Richard J. Daley Center, which houses a number of Cook County courtrooms. Released from prison in November after serving 15 months for felony witness intimidation, he is charged with 47 counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

During a bond hearing yesterday, Circuit Judge Donald Panarese also held that Long must be escorted by courthouse security officers to future hearings if he makes bail, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Authorities said Long’s witness intimidation conviction resulted from a threat to kill the young daughter of an attorney he had sued, the Sun-Times reported. The Tribune says it was the daughter of a police officer.

A prosecutor and a public defender representing Long at yesterday’s hearing disagreed about whether he had completed law school or merely attended law school for a relatively brief time, according to an earlier Chicago Tribune report.

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