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Author Archives: Eric Zahnd

A simple cure for municipal courts’ ills

One thing is clear in the fallout from Ferguson: Missouri’s municipal courts are in dire need of reform. The Justice Department has issued a scathing review of Ferguson’s municipal court. The Missouri General Assembly has acted, further limiting the amount ...

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Commentary: Much public defender work should be contracted out

Missouri’s current public defender system is broken. It’s not broken because there is a “constitutional crisis” created by too large a caseload for public defenders. No, the independent audit released earlier this month by the Missouri auditor shattered that myth. The audit revealed “significant concerns” and “unsupported assumptions” in the way the public defender system measures its caseload.

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