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Arthur Hellman on “Cry of Pain” from Federal Judges on Budget Cuts

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August 19, 2013

The chief judges of 87 federal district courts sent a letter to Congressional leaders warning about the threats posed to the judicial system by shrinking court budgets, and Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman expressed support for their plea in an interview with the Daily Journal, the West Coast legal newspaper.

Hellman, described in the article as “a leading authority on the federal judiciary,” said, “This is a cry of pain from judges who feel the effect of these cuts every day in the work they do.” He added: “I don't remember an instance in which so many judges from all over the country have spoken with one voice on behalf of their courts. They are right in their basic point - they can't turn away ‘customers,’ and they can’t decline to carry out the tasks assigned to them by Congress and required by the Constitution.”

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