DA's feel sting of NYC budget cuts

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City district attorneys are facingbudget cuts that prosecutors say are too steep and they're pleadingfor more funds.

Overall, the city is looking to cut at least 7 percent from eachdistrict attorney's budget -- which would result in savings of atleast $16 million. Manhattan, which has the largest budget, alsohas the largest cuts.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the cut to hisoffice of $3.6 million would be devastating. In the Bronx, RobertJohnson told his staff he was expecting a budget cut of between $2and $3 million, that would result in layoffs for at least 45lawyers if the cuts go through.

Brooklyn's Charles Hynes says crime suspects will sit in jailsunless there are attorneys to try cases.

The budget has not yet been approved.

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