Retired Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr.: Shutdown Puts 'Big Hole' in Constitution

, Texas Lawyer


If Congress fails to find a solution to the impasse, the result of all that trimming — particularly in places with extremely busy criminal dockets, like the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Western and Northern Districts of Texas — will be long trial delays that risk violating defendants' constitutional rights to a speedy trial, says retired U.S. District Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr.

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  • Federal attorney

    Thank you, Judge Ferguson, for your honest and thoughful comments! Federal agencies have been crippled by the multi-year hiring freeze and training limitations imposed because of Congress' inability to pass a federal budget. The furloughs, sequestration and shutdowns just added insult to injury. Unless things get straightened out, the work of the federal government will be severely hampered by backlogs too big to overcome with a limited staff. This is no way to run an effective government. Wishing you great success at UNT Dallas College of Law.

  • An informed lay person

    Are you NUTS !?!?!

    The only person trying to blow a hole in the constitution is Obama.

    "give in to me and then we will "talk"". That is what Obama and Reid have said.

    Stupid comment, really not worthy of response. Once they get what they want, there will be no "talks".

    Judge, just go away. NOW.

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