MSPD in the News

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  1. KZIM KSIM: Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of state’s public defenders in “sex assault survivors” law (March 16, 2022)
  2. Missouri State Public Defender: Former public defender Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to U.S. Supreme Court (March 16, 2022)
  3. Georgetown Law: Ambassadors for Racial Justice (January 27, 2022)
  4. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Messenger: New fellowship could ease public defender shortage in rural Missouri (January 13, 2022)
  5. Missouri Independent: No ‘sick days’ for constitutional rights: Missouri Supreme Court rules against virtual trials (January 12, 2022)
  6. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Supreme Court limits video testimony in trials (January 12, 2022)
  7. The Washington Post: Missouri Supreme Court remands 3 cases using video testimony (January 11, 2022)
  8. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Matthew Mahaffey: Time is now to speak up, reach out and be better (June 3, 2020)
  9. Columbia Missourian: Continued rise in felony caseload cripples Missouri public defender system (May 29, 2020)
  10. Kansas City Star: Missouri lawmakers: public defender system failing, but search for funds a challenge (November 25, 2019)
  11. Kansas City Star: With overloaded Missouri public defenders, you only get a ‘sliver of an attorney’ (November 20, 2019)
  12. Kansas City Star: Before their day in court, poor people charged with crimes can spend years in jail (November 20, 2019)
  13. Kansas City Star: Missouri judge says: Represent yourself in court or plead guilty to save time (November 20, 2019)
  14. Kansas City Star: Public defenders ordered to violate ethics to keep defendants moving through court (November 20, 2019)
  15. Kansas City Star: Missouri prosecutors hold all the cards. Public defenders and vulnerable clients fold (November 20, 2019)
  16. Kansas City Star: Defenseless: Missouri justice system violates the Constitution every day (November 20, 2019)
  17. Kansas City Star: ‘Constant injustice’: Missouri must fund and fix its broken public defender system (November 20, 2019)
  18. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Erickson: Help wanted sign to go up at Missouri’s public defender office (October 17, 2019)
  19. Columbia Daily Tribune: Pratt: Departing public defender Barrett makes final argument for poor defendants (October 12, 2019)
  20. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Messenger: With unified voice, Missouri Supreme Court signals an end to debtors prison scheme (March 20, 2019)
  21. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri children are waiving their right to legal counsel. That’s a problem, some lawmakers say. (February 27, 2019)
  22. Aba Journal: Public service attorneys win important victory in Dept. of Ed loan-forgiveness lawsuit (February 24, 2019)
  23. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Messenger: Public defender alleges Missouri judge is ignoring double jeopardy protections (February 22, 2019)
  24. News Tribune: Missouri ACLU forum discusses future of criminal justice (January 31, 2019)