Missouri Governor Conscripted into Serving as Public Defender

Michael Barrett, director of Missouri’s public defender system, utilized an obscure legal provision to order Gov. Jay Nixon, also a lawyer, to provide legal aid to the state’s poorest defendants, the Atlantic reports. In a letter to Nixon, Barrett said he ordered the assignment in response to Nixon cutting funding for indigent defense and vetoing a bill that would have provided caseload relief to Missouri’s public defender system, which currently ranks 49th in the U.S.
          | TBA Law Blog