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Federal judge considers ways to cut public defender caseloads in response to budget cuts


U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said he is “seriously contemplating” whether to drop a number of criminal immigration cases where the crime is being in the U.S. illegally. This, he said, will free up the 10 federal public defenders in Omaha and Lincoln who have a constitutional obligation to defend an accused person who cannot afford to hire counsel.

The judge wrote about this on his blog, which is itself quite fascinating. Here’s to judges speaking truth to power!