Davis urges Congress to provide funding for courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief judge for the federal court system in Minnesota says budget cuts will have a devastating impact on the administration of justice.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis hosted a Wednesday breakfast for members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation and their staff to discuss automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. He’s urging Congress to provide more funding for courts.

Davis says public safety is an issue. Probation officers have already reduced drug testing and location monitoring for some offenders. The federal defender’s office is also looking at layoffs or furloughs if automatic cuts take effect Oct. 1.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison says he’s committed to fixing the problem. He says the third branch of government should not be cut to the point where it can’t function properly.

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