Missouri’s public defenders have argued for years that they have too many cases.
So in 2010 the public defender commission put a plan in place that allowed each of its districts to stop taking cases when its attorneys became too busy.
One day after Governor Jay Nixon (D) made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers today.
Chief Justice Rick Teitelman kept his speech short, but did call for the General Assembly to pass changes to the state’s probation and parole system in order to ease Missouri’s prison population.
“I support your effort to help make sentencing practices more cost effective, helping Missouri to become, as Judge (former Chief Justice William) Price stressed so often and so eloquently, both tough and smart.”
Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission
The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.
The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.
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