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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 19, 2013

Across-the-board budget cuts brought on by the sequester have meant hiring freezes, unfilled positions, training and travel expenses cut for what many call an already overworked portion of federal government, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. “I’ve worked in all three branches of government and the private sector,” said U.S. District Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice. “I have never been involved in any organization either public or private in which the workload has so far exceeded the resources that are allotted to do that job.” Without relief from budget cuts and further reductions anticipated next fiscal year, Mattice said there is a “real question” as to whether the courts will be able to continue to protect 6th Amendment rights to legal representation.