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Cuts impact justice: Local court officials trying to fill the gaps in public defender office

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Justice delayed is justice denied.

That prognostication has become both a cliché and a rallying call for legal reformers. But it's about to become a burden on indigent Minnesotans and cash-strapped counties.

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On June 5 massive cuts were enacted to the state public defenders budget to address deficits and budget shortfalls. The equivalent of 72 of 441 positions was cut from public defenders' offices and appellate lawyers statewide, a 15 percent reduction in staff.

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