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LINCOLN — A federal judge in Nebraska is fed up with Congress and its inability to fund government and says in his Internet blog that it's time to tell Congress to “go to hell.”
Judge Richard Kopf was commenting on the likelihood that the U.S. District Court in Nebraska may run out of money as early as today, forcing judicial officials to decide which employees are essential.
Kopf wrote in his blog dated Oct. 7 that district judges and the chief judge should issue orders declaring all remaining employees essential. That would set up a fight between the judicial branch and Congress.
Kopf, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and now a senior judge, says that would be a fight worth having.
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