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Defendant again threatens to jump from O.C. courthouse

November 13, 2012 |  5:45 pm

Superior court
For the second time in about two weeks, a defendant in a court case climbed onto an eighth-floor ledge at the  Orange County Superior Court building in Santa Ana before being coaxed to safety following a 90-minute negotiation effort by authorities.

Tuesday's incident was similar to one about two weeks ago when the same man, whose identity has not been released, climbed onto the ledge after receiving an unfavorable ruling in a civil case, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday about 1:26 p.m., authorities responded to a similar call involving the same man.

Negotiators from the Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Ana Police Department spoke to the man, who was not scheduled to be in court Tuesday, for about 90 minutes before he agreed to come down.

The man was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for a psychological evaluation.

“It’s not normal for someone to want to jump off the eighth floor of a courthouse,” Amormino said. “It’s either an attempted suicide or an attention-getter.”

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Photo: Orange County Superior Court. Credit: Los Angeles Times.