With the partial government shutdown in its third week, Texas federal courts are expected to deplete the last of their reserve funds Thursday, putting further strain on operations stripped to the bone since sequestration measures in the past year have downsized their staffs, agencies and programs.
Federal officials and judges, who have long sounded alarms over the lack of resources, say the financial blows to the judicial system have dire constitutional implications, interfering with public safety and the administration of justice. And the future, they say, is grim, with funding levels expected to drop to those of nearly a decade ago even after the fight over the national budget ends.
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