Governor Nixon of Missouri Appointed to Represent Indigent Defendant | Speaker Law
phone icon email icon
(517) 482-8933

Speaker Law
Blog

Governor Nixon of Missouri Appointed to Represent Indigent Defendant

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Will he accept?

 

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, defender, in To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Michael Barrett, Director of the Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) office, recently exercised his authority to “delegate the legal representation of any person to any member of the state bar of Missouri” to appoint Governor Jay Nixon to represent an indigent defendant facing incarceration and in need of representation.

 

What led Barrett to take such a step?

 

In Barrett’s letter to the Governor, he cited the Governor’s repeated cutting of public defender funding, which has led to a severe reduction of staff. Missouri’s indigent defense system ranks 49th in the United States. The Governor:

 

1. Cut the MSPD budget by $3.47 in 2015,

2. Is restricting it by 8.5% in 2017, and

3. Claimed the reduction in revenues led to fiscal discipline yet didn’t reduce his own budget.

 

Barrett continued “This action comes even after the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice found that poor black children are being systematically deprived of their rights in Missouri due…to the lack of public defenders.”

 

Will Governor Nixon accept the appointment?

 

Probably not, but time spent in crowded court room with its organized chaos might make him more aware of the needs of the poor who deserve competent counsel for their defense. Maybe he would then be willing to take the 6th and 14th amendments more seriously and find some funding to help solve the problem.

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

 

 

 

Do you have an appeal?
Let's find out!

Recent
Posts

Law Firm May Collect Unpaid Fees Based On Contract Provision
Nov 23, 2021
A trial court properly awarded the plaintiff-attorney more than $78...
Appeals Court Strikes Down Parts Of Michigan’s Ballot Drive Law
Nov 17, 2021
The Michigan Court of Appeals has declared unconstitutional several...
Statute Authorizing Imposition Of Court Costs Is Constitutional
Nov 10, 2021
The defendant did not demonstrate that MCL 769.1k(1)(b)(iii) – the ...
Plaintiff’s Fraud Did Not Necessitate ROPA Judgment Being Vacated
Nov 3, 2021
The trial court in this disputed parentage case properly held that,...

Tags

 

Subscribe to our blog

* indicates required