Judges, Defenders Beg Senate to Avoid 'Devastating' Cuts

, The National Law Journal


Judges and lawyers went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to once again warn of the dangers of inadequate federal court funding, even as lawmakers moved forward with bills that would restore budget cuts that are crippling the nation’s public defender and clerk offices.

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  • Jerri Cook

    The problem is that we live in a world of hyperbole, and since the very nature of hyperbolic speech dictates that it fall flat, no one can be sure if the dire consequences warned of are foregone or merely manufactured. After all, we were told that the sequester was going to bring the entirety of government to a stop, but it didn't.

    Maybe in the face of immediate and irreversible harm to the judicial system, someone in this branch will decide to lead instead of joining the chorus of whining come from the Executive and Legislative branches. Add to that the deep rumblings of a disgruntled public, and we're looking at a crescendo of malaise. It would be a pleasant surprise if the judiciary were to find a way to do their jobs without hysterics and with the dignity the American people have come to expect from the legal field.

  • Spook

    How about some devastating cuts to useless/out-of-control prosecutors?

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