Officers of the court

Divorce cases and wayward weapons provide the drama. Court marshals are just trying to keep the peace.
Friday, June 29, 2007 | 12:02 a.m. CDT; updated 11:53 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

During the first wave of the morning rush at the Boone County Courthouse, the metal detector beeped frantically as a man walked through it. He checked his pockets as the uniformed court marshal calmly used the hand wand to ensure that the man’s brown, steel-plated boots were the only source of the metal detector’s agitation.