Courthouse Backlog Takes on New Meaning

Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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A county jail inmate caused a messy problem Friday at the San Francisco Hall of Justice after flushing a bed sheet down the toilet and flooding several courtrooms below with raw sewage, according to the sheriff's department.

A plumber who snaked the jammed pipe discovered bed sheets and two orange jumpsuits.

Several courtrooms on the third floor were closed all morning due to the cleanup; court appearances were shifted to alternate courtrooms. It was not immediately known when they would reopen.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst said the flooding problem began at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Hirst said the last similar problem at the Hall of Justice  happened in the 1990s, when flooding originating in the jails soaked several Police Department offices.

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