Federal Judge in Nebraska Speaks Up

LINCOLN -- Arial">A federal judge in Nebraska is fed up with Congress and its inability to fund government, including the courts, and says in his Internet blog it's time to tell Congress to "go to hell." Judge, Richard George Kopf, is commenting on the likelihood that the U.S. District Court in Nebraska may run out of money as early as today (Monday) forcing judicial officials to decide which employees are essential.

Kopf writes in his blog dated last Monday 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.