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Panels propose cuts to education, public defender agency


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska's top public defender said Friday that there will be delays in criminal trials and appeals if a proposed $1.2 million cut to his agency goes forward.

A Senate subcommittee on Thursday proposed the cut to the public defender's agency, calling it commensurate to the percentage cut to Department of Law's criminal division. But Public Defender Quinlan Steiner said his agency has costs prosecutors do not, such as having to pay for investigators, and a caseload that historically has outpaced its budget growth.

When it comes to appeals, it takes about a year before a...

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