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NM could lose some federal public defenders

July 15, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of federal public defenders in New Mexico could decline because of budget cuts in the coming year.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1alUU5h) that the Office of the Federal Public Defender might have to lay off as many as 15 lawyers and other staff in New Mexico.

The agency already has unfilled vacancies due to the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Training money has been eliminated. And staff has had to take eight days of unpaid leave.

Federal Public Defender districts across the country have been informed that they must reduce their spending by 14 percent in the new fiscal year that Login to read more

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