Judge blocks cuts to sheriff's budget in Jefferson

A Circuit Court judge has granted the Jefferson County sheriff

unclaimed money.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Circuit Court judge has granted the
Jefferson County sheriff's request for a temporary restraining
order to prevent further budget cuts to his office.

Judge Dan King issued an order on Wednesday that froze the
sheriff's office budget for the next 10 business days. The action
prevents the county from reducing the sheriff's budget by $5.1
million.

The commission voted Tuesday for across-the-board cuts that
would reduce the fiscal 2009 budget by $31.7 million.

Sheriff Mike Hale said the 33 percent reduction ordered by the
commission would devastate his office and public safety.

A lawyer for the sheriff, Keith Jackson, said a preliminary
injunction hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 13.

Commission President Bettye Fine Collins said the county doesn't
have the money to fund the sheriff.


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