Women Warned About Glass Staircase At New Courthouse

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A Franklin County Common Pleas Judge is warning women to avoid the new $105 million Franklin County Courthouse's glass staircase.

The courthouse that opened on Monday already has court officials discussing whether they need to change the design, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

Judge Julie Lynch said that she usually delivers justice in a dress underneath the robe she wears each day to work.

"I wear dresses because that's my personal choice," Lynch said.  "When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them. 

Lynch said that she initially thought the new courthouse must have been designed by men.

"How can you open a brand new building and not take in consideration half the population?" Lynch said.

The news startled attorney Lori Johnson, who is a regular at the courthouse.

"Women won't realize that and will just automatically assume that they can take the stairs safely," Johnson said.

Johnson said that she worries not just about stolen glances, but also the prevalence of camera phones.

"Then, next thing you know, you're on the Internet," Johnson said.  (It) sounds like a lawsuit in the making."

Lynch said that many people who visit the courthouse are there because of questionable choices.

"They hope people will be mature?  That's not a solution," Lynch said.  "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building."

Security guards are trying to warn women visitors about taking the stairs, McEntyre reported.

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