LAW SCHOOLS: A SPECIAL REPORT
Renewed criticism has placed Eric Holder on the defensive, raising questions about whether the attorney general would remain in office and threatening to undermine his effort to shape a legacy of increased government transparency and the protection of civil rights.
Congress approved legislation five years ago to raise the stakes in civil terrorism lawsuits and make it easier to collect on judgments. Since then, the dollar amounts have gone up, but judgments remain largely unsatisfied.
Federal courts officials have appealed to Congress for emergency funding, saying the judiciary lacks the budget flexibility to absorb the large mandatory spending cuts that have forced furloughs in the nation's federal public defender and court offices.