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.
The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.
The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their "limited availability" status.
Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it’s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.
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