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Chief Justice Eric Magnuson makes a public plea for more money for the courts and related judicial organizations. He said on Wednesday that short of a budget increase, Minnesotans will feel the impact with massive case delays. Staff photo by Don Davis

Court leaders warn: 'Rule of law at stake'

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's court system already is in a financial crisis that only will get worse - with long delays in cases - if legislators and the governor chop its budget, a coalition of judicial organizations claims.


"Nothing less than the rule of law is at stake," Eric Magnuson said Wednesday in a rare chief justice news conference.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.