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9:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts in RI

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the furloughs for Rhode Island DOJ workers.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

"Things that we can put a little toward the back burner, you know long term investigations, white collar corruption investigations, I hate to say are going to the back of the line at the moment. Right now we have to focus on those things that are impacting public safety in an immediate sort of way," said Neronha.

So far, the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island has not been affected by furloughs but that could change. David DiMarzio, the clerk of the federal court, said significant furloughs will be necessary if the shutdown goes beyond October 15th.

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