Church et al v. State of MissouriPublic Defense
The MacArthur Justice Center, ACLU of Missouri, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Missouri over its unconstitutional system of public defense. The state’s public defenders do not have the time or resources to provide adequate legal representation to their indigent clients. For example, public defenders are unable to consult with their clients about possible witnesses, exculpatory evidence, plea negotiations, or trial strategy. The suit asks that the court force the state to improve the public defender system and end its violations of the Sixth Amendment. The case is currently set for trial in October 2018.
Filed - March 9, 2017