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Client hospitalized after asphyxiating himself with phone cord in courthouse meeting room

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A Michigan man was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after apparently asphyxiating himself with a telephone cord in an attorney-client meeting area at the downtown Grand Rapids courthouse.

Following a talk with his public defender, Troy Duane Peterson, 48, was left alone in the room, which provides a telephone hookup for attorneys and clients to commuicate while looking at each other through a Plexiglas barrier, reports

His lawyer, Norman Miller, said Peterson had appeared fine and had faced only a minimal jail sentence, at worst, for violating his probation in a Kent County breaking and entering case.

“He seemed just like any other client when I talked to him,” Miller said.

The incident disrupted a number of hearings as deputies throughout the building rushed through courtrooms to get to the 10th floor, where Peterson was, the article reports.

An investigation is ongoing.

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