Capital Cuts Affect Legal Defense of Poor People in the U.S.

24 de julio de 2013, 12:38Washington, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The budget cuts decreed by the U.S. government are affecting the legal defense of poor families in the country, according to a human rights organization.

A guild of lawyers in Virginia, called the Federal Public Defender (FPD), warned the U.S. Congress that the shortage of money is causing excessive delays and lack of professionalism in trials, and the situation might worsen in 2014.

According to FDP spokesperson Michael Nachmanoff, the organization is on the verge of collapse and total incapacity, although restrictive financial measures have been taken over the past three months.

The effects of the embargo on state capital are affecting the federal judiciary system, especially the legal procedures involving low-income people, said Nachmanoff.

The Federal Public Defender has been affected by a 10-percent money reduction since March, when Washington decreed a general cut in budgets and subsidies worth 85 billion dollars.

About four of every ten U.S. citizens have been affected by the embargo of capital degreed by Washington in an effort to balance the federal budget.

According to a survey jointly carried out by ABC News and The Washington Post, national discontent is increasing due to the White House’s measure; 59 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independent voters have criticized the action.

A previous poll by CBS news had predicted that 27 percent of U.S. people would be affected, while another survey by ABC and the Huffington Post foresaw that the impact would affect up to 25 percent.

The budget freezing will eliminate 750,000 jobs and will slow down industrial growth by 0.6 percent by the year’s end.

In addition, nearly four million unemployed will have their subsidies reduced, and state payments to hospitals and physicians might be cut by 10,000 dollars.

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Capital Cuts Affect Legal Defense of Poor People in the U.S.

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