Ronald Tackman has been labeled as a career criminal at the age of 54. He was accused of a string of hit-and-run robberies. He escaped from Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday disguised as a lawyer. Daily News. Tackman was charged with six counts of robbery in New York City. While awaiting trial on Rikers Island, Tackman showed up for his pretrial hearing in a three-piece suit. Tackman apparently descended two flights of stairs and entered a holding area for prisoners. A court officer saw him and thinking he was a lawyer, let him walk away. At that point he apparently wandered into a court room where Anthony Marshall was being tried for embezzlement and screamed something about a nuclear bomb. This caused some panic. Tackman than exited the north doors of the building during the confusion. New York Post.
Tachman apparently has a history of escape attempts. In 1985, he allegedly tried to commandeer a prison van crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. In another attempt he used a gun made out of soap. He is described as an elusive fellow, but one suspects that he will soon be caught.
The other escape from life in prison was more conventional and more permanent. John Evander Couey, a 51 year old convicted sex offender, was to be executed for kidnapping, raping and burying 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford alive. Couey's confinement ended when he died of natural causes yesterday. Couey died at a Jacksonville hospital where he had been since Aug. 12.
The 2005 murder of Jessica caused many states to pass laws named for Jessica that impose restrictions on sex offenders. For example, Florida bans persons convicted of serious crimes from school grounds. Couey died a month before the Florida Supreme Court was scheduled to hear his automatic appeal.