Tag: Missouri

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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Missouri prosecutors claim new audit report proves defender caseload woes are a manufactured myth

Pleading the Sixth: On October 10, 2012, the Missouri state auditor released a report on the state public defender system that the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys claims “shatters the unsupported claims” of excessive caseloads across the state and accuses

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MO prosecutors take issue with state court decision on PD caseload controls

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 2 of a two-part series.) On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state public defender commission has the authority to declare unavailability due to case overload. In response, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting

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MO Supreme Court rules that public defense commission can decline cases

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 1 of a two-part series.) On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state public defender commission has the authority to declare unavailability due to case overload.  In response, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting

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