- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The ornate Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, where Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan were tried, was re-dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony marking the end of a two-decade closure and $231 million renovation.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey called the building a piece of living history.

“Welcome back, Hall of Justice. We’ve missed you!” Lacey declared.

Members of the county Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Department and three former district attorneys joined Lacey in cutting a ribbon outside the 1925 neo classical building.

“If these walls could talk, you would hear many stories,” Sheriff John Scott said.

Speakers recalled the days when jail cells inside the building housed the likes of Manson, Sirhan and actor Robert Mitchum when he was arrested on a marijuana-possession charge. Autopsies on Marilyn Monroe and assassinated Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were performed in the coroner’s office in the basement.

The building was shuttered after the 1994 Northridge earthquake after being deemed unsafe.

Its parking lots were used for TV trucks, and platforms were constructed for broadcast interviews during the yearlong murder trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995.

Construction began on the renovation in 2007 and is nearly complete. The building will house the offices of the district attorney and sheriff.

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