PHOTO: Feces found in Madison courtroom

Clerk expresses frustrations

Madison municipal court workers arrived on Wednesday morning to find one of their courtroom walls covered with excrement.

Kelly McConnell, a judicial support clerk, sent an email and photo to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval and many other public officials detailing her frustrations.

“So THIS was found in the courtroom this morning as we were trying to get ready for court!” McConnell wrote. “Someone has been in the courtroom, AGAIN, and defecated in the courtroom itself. When will SOMEONE do something about what is going on in this building???!!!”

The email was sent to News 3 by one of its recipients. It is not the first time that McConnell, who is the first to arrive at her office, has complained to city and county leaders about security issues near the municipal courtroom. The week of Thanksgiving, McConnell sent Soglin, Parisi and others the arrest report of a man who was found sleeping on a couch in the judge’s chambers. McConnell says there have been prior situations of defecation in the building as well.

PHOTO: Feces found in Madison courtroom

“We have had a few incidents of a homeless person breaking into the courtroom at night and sleeping in the press room that’s right off of the court room,” McConnell said in an email to News 3. “This person did defecate on the couch that was in the press room and they have since had to throw away the couch.”

Alder Paul Skidmore said city officials share McConnell’s concerns. He said he personally has had to clean up a stairwell after he spotted someone urinating.

“Unfortunately, this is a situation that’s happened regularly over a period of time,” he said. “It poses a security risk for all employees and visitors to this building.”