Chief Justice Roy Moore: Court System Underfunded $19 Mil
From Montgomery -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is speaking out about financial troubles in the court system. Moore sits down with Alabama News Network to explain why he's not happy with the governor's proposed budget.
The stack of letters and e-mails from judges and clerks gets higher every day. Each tells Moore the problems they face.
Earlier this month, Governor Robert Bentley unveiled his budget for next year. While Governor Bentley says the judicial system was flat funded, Moore begs to differ.
And when you add increased health care costs, Moore says the judicial system is being cut short $19 million. Without it, he says the courts will not run properly meaning there could be more than 400 people laid off, dockets will pile up and trails will fall behind schedule. Moore is asking lawmakers to revisit the budget.
But how likely is it that lawmakers will give the courts more money?
In 2002, Moore halted jury trails to save money, and since then, he says budget issues are not any better.
Moore says he sent a letter to Governor Bentley expressing his concern, and says the governor is looking it over.