Alert Icon

Double Right Chevrons

Judge Can’t Sequester Because of Sequester

Hates jurors. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

The sequester, the name for congressionally mandated cutbacks in federal spending, has resulted in hardship and hard choices around the country. From those who rely on Head Start programs to those who enjoy watching things explode, millions are feeling the pinch. And now the sequester’s latest victim is … sequestering:

A federal judge in Brooklyn has rejected a request by prosecutors to sequester a jury in a murder and racketeering trial, citing the impact that federal budget cuts are having on the judiciary.

The judge, Sterling Johnson Jr., acknowledged in an order on Wednesday that the jurors in the case would benefit from protection, noting that he would keep their identities secret. But the judge said he would not take additional measures to sequester them because “the court must also be mindful of today’s economic climate.”

He can’t sequester because of the sequester! That’s kind of funny, right? We mean, it will at least be funny until a juror is murdered so that the country could save a few bucks, and then after that it will be quite tragic. 

Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.

THE FEED
the national interest
the national interest
Mitch McConnell’s Terrible Candidates Are His Own Fault
This happened because the GOP decided not to confront Trump’s election lies.
early and often
early and often
For the MAGA Right, Democracy Itself Is a Fraud
Trump’s movement is the logical successor to past conservatives who believed their views shouldn’t be subject to electoral majorities.
early and often
early and often
Trump (Mostly) Got His Revenge on Republicans Who Voted to Impeach
Only two of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach will be on the ballot in November. Both benefitted from nontraditional primaries.
tremendous content
tremendous content
All the Juicy Gossip From Jared Kushner’s Book
Breaking History, the forthcoming memoir from the former First Son-in-Law/top Trump adviser, is brimming with dirt, jabs, and score settling.
2022 midterms
2022 midterms
Liz Cheney Got Democrats to Vote for Her. It Didn’t Matter.
The rogue Republican won over quite a few Democratic voters, which made her terrible primary loss in Wyoming look a little bit better.
early and ofen
early and ofen
Why Ivana Trump Was Buried at Bedminster Golf Course: 3 Theories
With his ex-wife’s burial in a simple grave, Trump’s weird 15-year dream of turning his New Jersey property into a cemetery has come true.
work
work
The Little-Known Policy Wreaking Havoc on Workers’ Lives
Opaque corporate “points” systems penalize employees for medical emergencies and make it all but impossible for them to appeal.
early and often
early and often
Transphobic Utah Parents Launch Witch Hunt Against Teen
When their daughter lost to another girl, the parents asked the teen’s school to investigate whether she was transgender.
early and often
early and often
Who Is This Succession-Themed Adam Laxalt Attack Ad For?
The target appears to be Succession-obsessed media types like me, but there’s one problem: I can’t help but love every awful member of the Roy clan.
early and often
early and often
2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth Watching
A cheat sheet to keep track of all the crucial races, primary upsets, and campaign drama — Trump-fueled and otherwise — from now through Election Day.
tremendous content
tremendous content
A Guide to the Many Houses Mehmet Oz Forgot He Owns
The Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate recently said, “Legitimately, I own two houses.” He lost track of a few mansions.
the law
the law
The Accountant Flips on Trump’s Empire
The Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty as part of a deal that requires him to testify against the company.
the national interest
the national interest
Ron DeSantis’s Florida Is Where Free Speech Goes to Die
The governor once again shows he’s far more illiberal than the “woke” left he vilifies.
encounter
encounter
Can Nasty Nestor Turn Around the Yankees?
The pitcher has become an unlikely star for the Yankees. He’s just happy to be here.
crime and punishment
crime and punishment
The Death Penalty Case That Went Too Far
Oklahoma is set to kill Richard Glossip, but he’s almost certainly innocent. Even Republicans there are in revolt.
early and often
early and often
The Culpable Liz Cheney
The hard-line politics she used to pursue power, including Islamophobia, gave rise to Trump and eventually her own downfall.
the money game
the money game
Meme Stonks, Dog Coins, and Elon Musk Joke Investments Are Mooning Again
Wall Street right now is looking like the weirdest days of 2021, with Reddit, crypto, and Tesla’s technoking once again fueling speculative riches.
early and often
early and often
Sarah Palin Still Has Two Shots at Going to Congress
Palin has yet to be eliminated in Alaska’s complex new voting system. Her celebrity status is still both her biggest asset and her biggest liability.
aviation
aviation
The Return of Supersonic Travel Is an Eternal Disappointment
Every few years, there’s a new promise that passengers will soon feel as if they’re in a Concorde, but there are good reasons it never takes off.
2022 midterms
2022 midterms
Liz Cheney and the Demise of Anti-Trump Republicanism
Until recently, the Wyoming representative was a rising GOP star and heir to the party’s conservative conquerers. Then she ran afoul of Trump.
games
games
The ‘Real’ Home-Run Record Is 73, Not 61
Aaron Judge’s tremendous season has rekindled a tiresome argument about the purity of the game.
social studies
social studies
My Week With America’s Smartest* People
The strange but affirming experience that is Mensa’s Annual Gathering.

The IRA is law

President Biden on Tuesday signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, an ambitious measure that aims to tamp down on inflation, lower prescription drug prices, tackle climate change, reduce the deficit and impose a minimum tax on profits of the largest corporations. …


Biden said signing the bill into law was something he had looked forward to doing for 18 months. At one point, he glanced at Manchin and quipped, “Joe, I never had a doubt,” to some laughter. After Biden inked his signature — and Schumer proclaimed, “It’s now law!” — the president handed the pen he used to Manchin and shook his hand.

the city politic
the city politic
Mondaire Jones on the Need to Meet Progressive Expectations
The congressman talks about switching districts, how Democrats can win the midterms, and why America’s problems go beyond Trump.
just checking in
just checking in
So What Is Rudy Giuliani Up to These Days?
Trump’s former attorney has been keeping busy by dealing with January 6–related legal woes, making weird videos, and arguing with parade hecklers.
early and often
early and often
Trump Wants to Make America Vote Like It’s the 1960s
His demand that all voting occur on Election Day, in person, and via paper ballots would radically restrict voting nationwide.