Judiciary, DOJ Brace for Government Shutdown

As Congress nears a showdown on government spending and the Obama administration's health care law, the federal judiciary and Department of Justice are preparing for a possible government shutdown, the Blog of the Legal Times reports. If Congress and the White House don't continue government funding by Oct. 1, federal courts could face widespread furloughs that will worsen an already "grave judicial crisis" caused by $350 million in budget cuts earlier this year, according to a memo the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts sent Tuesday.