As Congress is poised to vote on and approve a $1.1 trillion budget deal, one of the biggest losers in a compromise between Republicans and Democrats appears to be the federal court system.
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As a new year starts, the Chief Justice of the United States and top officials in the federal court system continue to warn about budget cuts that will make it harder for people to have access to public defenders.
Defendants in criminal cases are entitled to public trials that follow relatively soon after initiation of the charges. Witnesses must be brought to the trial to testify before the defendant, judge, and jury.
The Supreme Court will hear five arguments in its term’s second week, starting on Tuesday. Another case about affirmative action will get the most attention. Here’s a quick look at all five cases.
The other argument before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Burt v. Titlow, involves a sensational murder case, and a possible important precedent for defendants who get questionable advice from lawyers.