Texas federal court officials say they will meet next week to discuss how to handle sequestration, the U.S. budget cuts expected to slash funding for judiciary programs and court operations up to $350 million nationwide this fiscal year.
Under the U.S. Western District of Texas, which includes Austin and stretches from Waco to El Paso, some agencies and courts already are feeling the sting. Public defenders must take a furlough day every other week until September. Pretrial and probation departments are not filling vacancies. And at least one federal court — in Del Rio, where immigration cases run high — is closing on Fridays.
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