Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Governor who blocked public-defender budget increases is ordered to represent indigent defendant

"Taking aim at the government official who has blocked budget increases for indigent defense, the top public defender in Missouri has appointed Gov. Jay Nixon to represent a poor defendant in an assault case.
Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri State Public Defender, posted to his office’s website his Aug. 2 letter (PDF) informing Nixon of the appointment, report the Washington Post, the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch."  More.
Original Posted ABA Journal News, Aug. 4, 2016 by Debra Cassens Weiss

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