BALTIMORE (AP) —  Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is bringing a committee field hearing on safety and security at the nation’s federal courthouses to Baltimore.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing is set for Thursday afternoon at the Garmatz Federal Courthouse in Baltimore.

Infrastructure and security at the courthouse, which opened in 1976, have been criticized over the years.

Witnesses at the hearing include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, federal Judge Frederick Motz and representatives of the General Services Administration and the administrative offices of the U.S. Courts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Working With Local Police says:

    With violent crime going up due to gas prices and other issues, attacks on court judges this spring and summer are expected and more security will soon be needed. This is going to be a record year for police reports and our judges are going to need the protection to prevent being attacked on the streets by criminals or street thugs.

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