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Federal shutdown delays civil cases, including Cleveland cop investigation
Justice Department is delaying its civil rights investigation at the same time Cleveland announces the suspensions of its officers

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

The federal shutdown is starting to have an impact on federal courts in the region.

According to a memo from the Justice Department, U.S. attorneys offices have been told to slow down on civil litigation. The memo does not apply to the criminal side, which must follow strict time limits established by law. Ohio’s county and state courts have separate funding and are not directly affected. But many get federal grants for special projects.

WKYC is reporting that the cases delayed by the federal shutdown include the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into the mass police chase and shooting of two unarmed suspects last November.

In separate action, the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced today that 64 officers are facing suspensions totaling 178 days for their behavior in that chase.

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