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Chief Justice Eric Magnuson makes a public plea for more money for the courts and related judicial organizations. He said on Wednesday that short of a budget increase, Minnesotans will feel the impact with massive case delays. (Don Davis/St. PaulBureau)

Minnesota court leaders say 'rule of law is at stake' with budget cuts

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's court system already is in a financial crisis that only will get worse - with long delays in cases - if legislators and the governor chop its budget, a coalition of judicial organizations claims.

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"Nothing less than the rule of law is at stake," Eric Magnuson said Wednesday in a rare chief justice news conference.

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