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Federal public defenders warn of dire budget cuts

July 3, 2013

SEATTLE -- The lawyers who represent poor people charged with federal crimes across the country say they already face an unfair fight when they head into court against the resources of the Justice Department -- and that's only going to get worse if draconian budget cuts occur as planned next year. As a result of the automatic cuts known as sequestration, federal public defender offices have recently been told they must reduce spending by 14 percent for fiscal year 2014, on top of the roughly 9 percent suffered this year.

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