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Court seems split on overworked defender’s case

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City. File Photo

Members of the Missouri Supreme Court appeared torn on Thursday over whether taking a public defender’s excessive caseload into account in a disciplinary case would create a “slippery slope.” Karl Hinkebein, an attorney with the public defender’s post-conviction relief division ...

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Caseload cited in discipline action

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City. Photo By: KAREN ELSHOUT

On Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court may consider whether the public defender system’s high caseloads can partially excuse the actions of a defender accused of failing to diligently represent his clients. Karl Hinkebein, an attorney with the public defender’s Central ...

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