Sequestration cuts force federal public defenders to refuse case

Published On: Aug 28 2013 03:50:35 PM HST

32-year-old Justin Wade Smith


The federal public defenders office in Honolulu turns down a Hilo man's wire fraud case because of budget cuts.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports this is the first case the office turned down due to sequestration.

A motion filed in court this week claims the office doesn't have the resources to defend Justin Wade Smith.     

The 32-year old Hilo man is accused of scamming investors of more than one-million dollars.

A judge will appoint a private attorney for Smith at the expense of taxpayers.


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