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Lady Justice Loses Scale at Broome County Courthouse

A dish is missing from the scales of justice on the Broome County Courthouse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A dish is missing from the scales of justice on the Broome County Courthouse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Mother Nature has dealt a blow to the scales of justice atop the Broome County Courthouse in downtown Binghamton.

Workers will inspect the exterior of the Broome County Courthouse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Workers will inspect the exterior of the Broome County Courthouse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Gusty winds took down a dish from the scales held by Lady Justice about three weeks ago.

County deputy public works commissioner Harry Miller said no one witnessed the incident. He said the dish was found in bushes next to the courthouse by a worker who was mowing the lawn.

Miller said the dish will be reattached to the statue soon. He said workers will inspect the exterior of the courthouse and do necessary maintenance.

For a short time, the Court Street entrance to the building was closed while some work was underway. Signs directed people to enter the courthouse from Collier Street.

According to the Broome County Arts Council, the Lady Justice statue was created for the courthouse 120 years ago. The council’s website notes the statue’s sword was reattached after it fell to the ground in 1979.

Miller said an urn blew off the side of the courthouse about five years ago.

The main entrance to the Broome County Courthouse was closed on June 16, 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The main entrance to the Broome County Courthouse was closed on June 16, 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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