District Attorneys push back on budget cuts

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - District Attorneys from across the state are returning home after a trip to Raleigh to urge law makers against making cuts to the court system.

The budget decision would affect prosecutor's offices state-wide.

The House has called for 55 assistant position eliminations at the victim witness level. The Senate is considering 151 cuts.

According to District Attorney Ben David, that kind of staff eliminations across the state would mean four positions in New Hanover's offices. They've already been down by three since last year says David.

David says the court system gets 2 percent of the state's overall budget and has already trimmed the fat.

"We're down to the bone," said David.

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