ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top judge has struck a compromise with
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue over another round of budget cuts
that some feared could bring the courts to a standstill less than
an hour before judicial leaders were scheduled to consider whether
to take legal action.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears said Friday
Perdue has agreed to withdraw his demand that the judicial branch
budget be slashed by 25 percent. In return, the judicial system
agreed to still meet the cuts by deferring some costs until the
next fiscal year.
The agreement comes before the leading judges were set to vote
on whether to take legal action to block the cuts from taking
effect. Perdue had warned against "futile and unwise litigation."