PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal budget cuts have caused delays in some court cases and prompted a federal judge in Nebraska to say he is "seriously contemplating" dismissing some criminal cases. The cuts also are causing concerns about funding for the defense of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who is being represented by a public defender's office that's facing three weeks of unpaid furloughs and whose defense could cost millions of dollars.
Federal defenders' offices have been hit especially hard by the cuts, which amount to about 10 percent of their budgets. Federal courthouses around the country are starting to close their doors to the public as ways to deal with the cuts. Lawyers and judges were on Capitol Hill on Thursday, appealing to members of Congress for more funding.