Skip to comments.Five Star resort weekend for federal judges ( What sequester ? )
Posted on 08/31/2013 8:04:14 AM PDT by george76
With officials from the Judicial Branch demanding that Congress end across the board budget cuts from the sequester, federal judges from the Tenth Circuit start to gather today for a judicial conference at a "five star" Colorado resort that features three golf courses and a "scenic mountain backdrop."
The Tenth Circuit gathering at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs was postponed from a year ago because of budget concerns, but court officials argue canceling the gathering entirely would have actually cost taxpayers money.
"The primary cost of judicial conferences is judges' travel and lodging, and in 2010, that totaled approximately $191,000," Tighe said. The Tenth Circuit covers federal judges in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked federal judges to justify why they are spending taxpayer dollars on what he labeled "jet set judicial junkets."
"Government officials, including judges, cant publicly claim small sequester cuts are devastating while continuing to attend posh junkets on the taxpayers dime," said Coburn, who has been a frequent critic of Obama Administration sequester claims.
In a recent letter to the head of the administrative office of federal courts, Coburn noted a series of judicial retreats for various federal circuits in 2013, with destinations that included the Greenbrier Resort (Fourth Circuit), the Broadmoor Hotel (Tenth Circuit) and a golf resort in Savannah, Georgia (Eleventh Circuit).
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9th Circuit partied in Hawaii last year.
Justice bought with a fruit basket.
Why can’t these people just phone or email one another if they need to communicate?
they can, they would rather play big shot at expensive resorts
I visited the Broadmoor this week for a late lunch and wondered what the big hullabaloo was - the place was full of lawyer types and their wives. Everyone sure looked like they were having a good time hanging out at the bar with cocktails in hand.
Most notable was the heavy security in place. Lots of security suits with earpieces and even a sniffer dog roaming the grounds.
It seems sequester is just for us little people.
Hey...give’em a break.
It’s hard work subverting the Constitution.
I don’t understand that mentality. Staying home and relaxing with the catz is so much easier than traveling anywhere.
well there is never a break if you are a mom
What was wrong with the Motel 6 in Bayonne New Jersey?
True! My husband was just telling me about an incident on his flight home from D.C. yesterday. A standby passenger had been seated, and then the ticketed passenger arrived and the standby was asked to vacate the seat. The two women got in a pissing match and both were evicted from the plane ... when the whole issue was the flight crew’s fault.
It made me happy that I was at home the whole time!