OTHERWISE: Fed PD\'s – citing sequester, seek trial delay for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law – NYTimes.com.
The lawyer’s duty of competence can be compromised by the lawyer’s financial resources. Here the federal budget impasse known as the “sequester” has sharply limited the ability of the federal public defender in a case that involves complex problems created by witnesses abroad, massive documents, translation costs, and other extraordinary expenses. The court’s duty to assure a fair trial creates a dilemma. Should the judge order a CJA lawyer to conduct the defense?