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Tempers flared at the D.C. Superior Court recently as court staff took turns to criticize court leaders over pay and management issues during meetings called by court administrators. “It’s under your watch that the courts have deteriorated,” accused personnel official Nancy Cohen, who was interrupted five times with sustained raucous applause in the packed courtroom. Employees say that the lack of management has resulted in, among other things, postponement of long-overdue pay hikes. Superior Court Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton told employees that the courts had pushed Congress to grant at least a cost-of-living pay raise, but to no avail. “There was a lot of anger,” says one official in attendance. “The judges were just ashen-faced. They looked shell-shocked.”

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