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400 Prosecutors Saved From Furloughs

Posted Jun 1, 2007 4:18 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Georgia’s governor transferred more than $800,000 into the state budget for district attorneys’ offices this morning, avoiding furloughs of about 400 state-paid prosecutors.

Gov. Sonny Perdue took action after Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears declared a "judicial emergency," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The budget shortfall was created when the General Assembly passed a midyear budget that left a budget shortfall for prosecutors.

"I believe this course of action was the best resolution to a funding crisis that threatened to considerably cripple our criminal justice system," Sears said.

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