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Missouri needs to examine its death penalty system

For the past several years I have sponsored legislation that would impose a moratorium on executions in Missouri while a commission does a complete study of the death penalty system in our state. This may seem a strange action for ...

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Nixon against bill allowing public defenders to turn away cases

Gov. Jay Nixon came out against a legislative proposal allowing the state’s public defender commission to establish a maximum case threshold. In his first news conference since he was sworn in as Missouri’s governor, Nixon spoke negatively of a provision ...

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Under the dome: Where the law begins

With a split in parties between the Governor's Mansion and the Capitol, it promises to be a fascinating legislative session. To kick off our coverage, we have brought together a team of journalists with an impressive depth of political reporting experience. To kick off our coverage, we have brought together a team of journalists with an impressive depth of political reporting experience.

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Caps more likely than money for public defenders

Without additional funding to hire more personnel, leadership within the state’s public defender system is pushing for legislation capping the number of cases that can be accepted. Providing money for public defenders has been a recurring issue in the state, ...

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