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Juneau DA taking over Petersburg cases due to state budget cuts


With recent state budget cuts, the 1st Judicial District in Juneau now has more courts in its district than lawyers to cover them.

Juneau District Attorney James Scott will be covering Petersburg’s criminal cases until a long-term plan is ironed out. The office had to cut Assistant District Attorney Nick Polasky loose and lost half its staff.

“That was unfortunate, and we’re sorry to lose him,” Scott said.

Statewide, the Department of Law lost 15 positions, three of which were attorneys, according to spokeswoman Cori Mills. The positions were eliminated because of a 6 percent budge...

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