Chief Justice laments 'fiscal cliff' effects on federal courts
December 31st, 2012
06:38 PM ET
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Chief Justice laments 'fiscal cliff' effects on federal courts

Washington (CNN) – Chief Justice John Roberts is warning leaders in the other two branches of the federal government that the pending "fiscal cliff" would "inevitably result in the delay or denial of justice for the people the courts serve."

In his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary, Roberts on Monday said the federal courts have already made significant cuts in their funding, representing only about two-tenths of 1% of the entire federal budget. He said a prolonged reduction would be extremely hard to overcome.

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  1. Name lynn

    its doesnt matter how much cutting you all has done you didn cut enough dont you get reid its just about over for you all anyway its obama time because you all are playing around with the president

    December 31, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Deb in MT

    Well, I wonder if this will get the GOP/TP's attention? No, I don't think so, as they are determined to throw themselves on the fire that they built back during the last debt ceiling debacle.

    Meanwhile, the remnants of al Quaeda are yukking it up watching the USA self destruct in a way that all their suicide bombings could never accomplish. Maybe Grover will get a bonus?

    December 31, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. dave

    What about the troops losing 2 meals a day? Seems the government has ordered a cutback on the number of meals the troops recieve . What next ?

    December 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. CanadaONE

    Irrational!!! USA looks bad to the rest of the world

    poor example for democracy

    It is not a fiscal cliff but “the american cliff”

    nothing is getting through the Senate – go to bed

    December 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Nick

    Well Mr. Roberts could always quit and go work for a big law firm and make more money...

    December 31, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Emanuele raffi

    To avoid economy recession is important tn act by common sense. Reunate the best american economist (politicly independant) end ask what need to be dan. So we can sens hum put american wellnes before party filosophy. Thank you all. Emanuele Raffi

    December 31, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Steven E. Robbins Jr.

    Lets take "Door number Three" as Monty Hall said, and do this thing!! So the Republicans do not want to increase taxes on the Rich, and the democrats want the rich to be taxed at higher rates, so they need to compromise at say $600,00 as the threshold for the tax on the upper incomes which is half way between the Republicans 1,000,000 and the democrats 250,000.. then on the cuts to spending, for example Social Security, What is really wrong with raising the age to 67, heck we are all living longer and this seems to be a compromise over the republicans who want to cut SS significantly and the Dems desire to not change SS at all. That is kinda meeting halfway, And Defense, Well lets meet halfway, The republicans do not want any cuts in Defense and the Dems want a pretty large chunk, So why not meet half way.
    Listen, in life most impasses are settled by meeting halfway. Heck, it is easy, Lets meet halfway Democrats and Republicans, I mean "Take Door Number Three" MEET HALFWAY ON EVERYTHING!!! Wouldn't that make the most sense and be the easiest, and WOW!! it would be like friends settling thier differences, now is that not a novel idea!!

    December 31, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. penguin

    How about having only 7 Justices. That would save money. I vote to dismiss Scalia and Thomas

    December 31, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |