A 9/11 memorial shaped like a tower has been removed from a Vernon courtroom after the judge warned it could be used as a weapon.

Municipal Judge James Devine in Vernon says his request was consistent with a directive from court administrators that non-essential items that could be used as weapons be removed from courtrooms.

The 7-foot sculpture made of plastic glass honors New Jersey's 9/11 victims. It was installed along a wall near the front of the courtroom, which is also where the Vernon council meets.

Sculptor Everett Paladini tells the New Jersey Herald he didn't like where it was displayed in the courtroom and if officials don't want it there, "I don't want to put it there."

It's now at the historical society a half-mile away.
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