As we continue to pour money into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, cities are continuing to shutdown for lack of money (here). The latest such story comes from Philadelphia where officials are facing a shutdown of the entire court system due to budget shortfalls. Mayor Michael Nutter is also threatening the cutting of 1000 police officers and 200 firefighters.
The city is demanding the right to increase sales taxes and change how it pays pensions.
Given the right to a speedy trial, a shutdown of the court system could result in the release of dangerous felons.