Cat Kelly http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. House Committee Proposes Reductions In Public Defenders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-proposes-reductions-public-defenders <p>The chair of Missouri's House Judiciary Committee is proposing reductions in the state's public defender system.</p><p>Republican State Representative Stanley Cox of Sedalia says public defenders would still handle the most serious cases for indigent defendants, but the more minor cases would be bid out to private attorneys.</p><p>Cox says this would address the caseload issues public defenders have long complained about.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:21:19 +0000 Maria Altman 7755 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Committee Proposes Reductions In Public Defenders State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-released-mo-public-defenders-0 <p>The Missouri state auditor released a <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/Press/2012-129.pdf">report</a> Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.</p><p>Among the findings: public defenders need to better track the hours they spend on each case and update the standards they use to determine what’s the appropriate caseload.</p><p>Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:34:43 +0000 Maria Altman 5241 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-supreme-court-rules-public-defender-case <p>The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a judge should not have appointed a public defender to a client after the public defenders alerted the courts they had too many cases.</p><p>The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.</p><p>The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their &quot;limited availability&quot; status.</p><p>Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it&rsquo;s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:07:24 +0000 Maria Altman 4220 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case