California Courts in Crisis

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Court trials for small claims and complex civil complaints, misdemeanors and even felonies will be delayed because the legislature has chopped another 10 percent from the budget of California's court system. That makes for a total of 30 percent in the past three years. Divorce, child-custody and protective-injunction cases will have longer to wait for open courtrooms. One San Francisco newspaper is calling it "courtmageddon." Also, the Ethics Committee investigating Local Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now investigating itself. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the space shuttle is history. What's next for NASA?

Banner image: Bailiff Brenda Bradbury calls jurors for a civil cast to be heard in Orange County Superior Court. Photo by Jason Doiy, with special thanks to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.