Stupid criminal tricks, courthouse style

Seized weaponsCourt houses in Los Angeles County have metal detectors that screen for weapons. You know that, I know that, but apparently many people who come to court don't realize it until it's too late. Take a guess: how many knives would you think the screeners catch in a year? What about, say, stun guns? Last year, the courts say they confiscated an amazing 53,302 knives, 24,783 scissors, 21,014 razors, 8,208 pairs of handcuffs and 114 stun guns. The LAT's Andrew Blankstein culled the stats from the Superior Court's annual report.

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