Below are consortium newsletters from 2016. December 2016 Newsletter
In a letter dated August 2, 2016, Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) Director Michael Barrett exercised his authority through a unique provision of legislation and assigned Missouri Governor Jay Nixon a criminal case. As indicated in Missouri Statute Section 600.042.1, the Director of MSPD has the authority to assign legal representation to any member of the Missouri state bar; in this instance, Barrett assigned a case to Governor Nixon. While a judge ruled on August 25, 2016 in favor of Governor Nixon, stating that only the court can assign cases, the original assignment has attracted national attention. What prompted this unusual maneuver and how did Barrett come to find himself leading this effort?
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