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April 25, 2013 - 8:21 am

This is media malpractice.

Defense lawyers for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be “severely affected” by federal budget cuts, resulting in potentially lengthy delays to his eventual trial, said federal court officials.

Tsarneav, 19, who faces the death penalty on charges of detonating a weapon of mass destruction, will be represented by a team of attorneys from the federal public defender office in Boston.

Lawyers from that office will likely be furloughed in the weeks ahead, a result of across-the-board spending cuts to federal agencies, including a $350 million hit to the nation’s courts, as part of the so-called sequester.

Though both the public defender and U.S. attorney prosecuting the case are federal employees, only the defense lawyers will subject to furloughs, according to officials.

That difference, has some lawyers who work in public defense calling foul.

“It’s about fairness and equality,” said Ed Burnette, vice president of defender legal services at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. “The federal government is making a judgment and making a statement, telling everyone involved that the prosecution is more important than the defendant’s constitutional rights.”

While court officials throughout Massachusetts have been warned of upcoming cuts and furloughs, the Federal Defender office “is severely affected,” Patti B. Saris, the chief judge for the United States District Court of Massachusetts, said in a statement released earlier this month prior to the April 15 bombings.

The sequester “cuts” amount to less than a 3% reduction in the rate of growth of spending. Nowhere does the ABC story mention that fact. It also neglects to mention that the Obama administration is making the “cuts” as visible as possible to try to put pressure on Republicans to raise taxes and spend even more. What better way to make the sequester visible than insert it into the Boston bombing? ABC’s story is thus part of the Democrats’ info war against the concept of reining in government spending. It’s not news.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Oh good grief! The Fort Hood attack was back in 2009 and we still don't have a trial. It takes the government FOREVER to bring anyone to trial. To link sequester to an event that likely won't take place for years is pitiful.
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I have an idea.

Instead of delaying flights, cancelling White House tours for schoolkids, and intentionally delaying Holden Caulfield's attempted mass murder trial...why don't we eliminate funding for public radio and tv, ...clearly less essential than the other things and easily funded by private grants.

And, there's obviously not NEARLY enough money to take on 13-20 million new citizens, so we will have to delay any and all new immigration policies until we can get our core services in order.

We also should cease immediately any and all funding to "green" companies which seem to produce nothing and take funding away from "sure things" in order to engage in wild speculation, leading to sunk costs and lost funds.

There. Problem solved.
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I guess I'm just stupid, but I'm still having trouble seeing how a miniscule cut in growth - growth, mind you - translates into a net cut in baseline services. Especially when - as our fine government keeps reminding us - there is no inflation. This faux sequester continues to be a political monkeywrench, to be thrust through our spokes by our rulers only when it is most desirable. To them.
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