Some Public Defenders Warn: 'We Have Nothing Left To Cut' by NPR published on 2013-04-10T12:37:04Z From our series "The Sequester: Cuts and Consequences." Around the country, budget cuts are bringing some federal public defenders to the breaking point. "We can't not pay the rent, and ... everything else is personnel. We can't send a computer to court," says Washington, D.C., public defender A.J. Kramer. Steve Nolder, the long serving Federal Public Defender in Columbus, Ohio, did something that no one expected: He laid himself off, effective in June, to hang up his shingle as a private defense attorney.