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County attorney: Budgets cuts would 'slow down' work

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The Washington County Attorney's office is in the middle of prosecuting a murder case involving a Stillwater stabbing, requiring inordinate staff time and resources and paid experts.

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County Attorney Doug Johnson said his lean staff - which processes thousands of criminal and civil case actions a year - cannot handle much more.

"If we get two or three more murder cases, we're just not prepared for it," he warned county commissioners recently. "We're maxed out."

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