Tag: Missouri

Missouri Governor shows why indigent defense crisis will not be fixed without defender independence

Pleading the Sixth: When the Missouri Public Defender, Michael Barrett, appointed the Governor to represent an accused indigent defendant, it brought national attention to the state’s longstanding underfunding of right to counsel services. Now, after a local judge ruled Barrett

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An Open Letter to the Next Missouri Governor

Pleading the Sixth: On August 2, 2016 the Missouri State Public Defender appointed the Governor to represent an indigent defendant. Whereas, the sitting Governor is term-limited out, the 6AC turns to the two major party nominees with an overview of

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Last Week Tonight tackles indigent defense crisis

The 6AC was proud to help the folks at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver over the past couple of weeks as they developed an in-depth segment on the nationwide indigent defense crisis. Watch it here.

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US DOJ investigating St. Louis family courts

Pleading the Sixth: Having reached an agreement with Shelby County, Tennessee to usher in major reforms of the county’s juvenile court system and the method for representing children in delinquency proceedings, the US Department of Justice announced in mid-November that

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Missouri Bar weighs in on workload crisis as the legislature debates privatizing much of the public defender’s work

Pleading the Sixth: A new bill introduced in the Missouri legislature would resolve the public defender caseload crisis by restricting the state public defender to representation in only serious felony cases while privatizing services for all other case-types through low-bid

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Missouri prosecutors blame public defenders leadership for “broken system”

Pleading the Sixth: The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) have placed opinion pieces in several leading newspapers admitting that the indigent defense system is broken but blaming the crisis on a lack of public defender leadership.  The Sixth Amendment

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