District Judge Tom Thornbrew of Tulsa, Oklahoma deserves a hearty salute, after he used his pistol to defend his courtroom during a recent scuffle between deputies and a defendant on trial for rape. It seems that the defendant, being escorted to the bathroom during a break in his trial, decided to kick the door and the bathroom wall and fight with officers. The resulting noise could be heard in the courtroom and Judge Thornbrew wasted no time in grabbing his handgun and taking up a defensive position. With images of the Atlanta courtroom murders, the Judge was taking no chances. Thankfully, deputies subdued the defendant and a crisis was averted.