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Court holds first session

Chief Judge Susan Schaeffer, top photo, officially called court to order for the first time in the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center on Monday morning, marking the start of business in the new $54-million building. State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Public Defender Robert Jagger and Clerk of Courts Karleen DeBlaker took part in the ceremony, and Sheriff Everett Rice played the role of bailiff. At left, Schaeffer greets the Rev. Donald Kanabay, a priest who has for years worked as a court reporter and said a prayer for the occasion as well as keeping the minutes of the hearing.

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