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Attorneys, police save intern’s life after courtroom collapse

Travis Martin, left, and Mark Hammer.

Travis Martin, an assistant public defender in St. Louis County, was in Circuit Judge Michael D. Burton’s courtroom on June 25, preparing to interview jurors for a client’s burglary trial. Martin was about to ask his student intern for his notes and questions for the voir dire, when a shackled prisoner in the jury box began to shout.

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