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OJ judge is squeezed from courtroom in budget cuts

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Superior Court Judge Lance Ito's courtroom will be one of 56 forced to close by the end of June as a result of huge budget cuts to the Los Angeles County court system.

Ito, who famously presided over the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial, will be reassigned as a fill-in for cases lacking an available judge.

Other casualties of the $30 million budget reduction include layoffs for 100 non-courtroom workers and the removal of court reporters in civil cases (litigants who want a court record will need to hire their own stenographers). Some remaining judges will also have to share courtroom staff.

Justice system delays are expected.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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