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MARYVILLE, MO (2010-12-29) In part two of our series on the problems of representing defendants in court for free, we examine a dispute at the heart of the problem.
Several public defender offices in Missouri, including the one in northwest Missouri, are telling the corts if they go beyond the manpower and over the amount of hours to work on a case, they will start making defendants wiat for public defender representation in court. The state's public prepare for a case, but local presecuting attorneys and even some judges question the math for capping the number of clients. Rodney Uphoff is a law professor in Missouri and Former member of the Oklahoma Public Defender's system. He agrees it is hard to have a blanket assignment of hours for a case. Tomorrow we will see how other states are handling the problem of case overload in their public defender's system.
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