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Cat Kelly: Led the defense of the Missouri State Public Defender System

Cat Kelly has a pronouncement for anyone who fears her upcoming ascension to director of the Missouri State Public Defender System will make it harder to track her down.

“The Bluetooth is not coming off,” Kelly says. “The cell number will not be changing.”

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Bar president names task force to tackle criminal justice funding

Missouri Bar President Skip Walther finalized a task force this week that will ponder solutions to ongoing resource problems for all parts of the criminal justice system. Two past bar presidents, several prosecutors and public defenders and one former lawmaker ...

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State high court offers new solution on defender cases

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down rules the Missouri Public Defender Commission enacted in 2008 that allow public defenders to refuse certain types of cases.
But, as public defenders read the decision, opinion author Judge Michael A. Wolff shoved open the door to a new option. Public defender offices can't refuse some cases and take others, but particularly burdened offices might be able to refuse to take any new cases.

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