As the stomach turns* and the Congress dithers, every federal judge in the nation today received instructions from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts on measures that should be taken in the event of a government shutdown. As I previously indicated, I have a complex 12-day criminal jury trial scheduled to start on October 2, 2013, one day after the shut down would start. What a train wreck!**
*Fittingly, “as the stomach turns” began as the title for a parody of TV soap operas.
**For example, I look forward to telling jurors that they will get paid, we just don’t have any idea when.