The familiar statue seen outside many courthouses, symbolically blindfolded and carrying a scale of equality, serves as a reminder to all who pass before her that they're promised equal justice under the law. The blindfold over Lady Justice's eyes isn't covering up a massive budget shortfall, however, that's threatening more jobs and speedy justice.
Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb warned Tuesday that more, "substantial" layoffs can be expected in the coming days as a result of the ongoing budget crisis within Alabama.
Cobb said the State General Fund adopted by the House of Representatives will force her to cut an additional 254 court employees and 25 Administrative Offices of Courts employees. Those cuts would have to come by October 1. Justice Cobb has already trimmed the judicial branch by 270 employees over the last two years because of budget constraints.