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Bay State's top jurist says courts are in crisis

SJC's Marshall warns of 'painful choices'

'A perfect storm of circumstances threatens much of what we know, or think we know, about our American system of justice,' said Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. "A perfect storm of circumstances threatens much of what we know, or think we know, about our American system of justice," said Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File)
By Megan Woolhouse
Globe Staff / February 17, 2009

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The economic downturn could have a devastating impact on the American justice system as courts are forced to lay off employees and cut down on court hours, Massachusetts' top judge said yesterday. (Full article: 699 words)

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