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Stimulus bill back on the table

The Missouri House has brought a package of projects back from the legislative graveyard, resuscitating $2 million aimed at helping the public defender system. The House unexpectedly defeated a bill last week that featured a number of projects funded with ...

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Koster seeks raises for new AGs

As the state prepares to complete next year's budget, Attorney General Chris Koster's thoughts have also turned to money - both for his lawyers and for the state as a whole. Koster on Thursday said he intends to increase pay for entry-level lawyers in the attorney general's office to $42,500, a 23 percent increase from the current $32,900. Koster said current pay levels are less than those of public defenders and many prosecutor's offices. "Bringing this office into something akin to basic economic parity is my No. 1 priority," Koster said Thursday.

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Defender funding in jeopardy

A legislative package that included projects funded with federal stimulus dollars was defeated on the floor of the Missouri House, a development that puts a $2 million allotment for the public defender system in jeopardy. The Missouri House quickly put ...

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Committee OKs defender bill

A House committee passed without opposition measures meant to combat a heavy caseload in the state’s public defender system. Sen. Jack Goodman’s legislation, among other things, would allow the Missouri Public Defender Commission to seek out methods of controlling their ...

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State expands use of alcohol- monitoring bracelets

Hundreds of alcohol-related offenders in Missouri have had the chance to strap on an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet and avoid jail time. But as the state considers expanding its use, lawyers are questioning the device’s accuracy and its accessibility for the poor. The ankle bracelets continuously monitor offenders’ blood alcohol levels by taking readings of their skin perspiration. On a case-by-case basis, prosecutors and probation officers across the state have recommended the devices as a condition of probation or bond for the past few years.

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