Missouri's Top Public Defender Enlists Governor To Lighten Caseload State law lets any member of the bar be appointed as a public defender. Gov. Jay Nixon was assigned a client, but Nixon's spokesman says you can't appoint an attorney without the attorney's consent.
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Missouri's Top Public Defender Enlists Governor To Lighten Caseload

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Missouri's Top Public Defender Enlists Governor To Lighten Caseload

Missouri's Top Public Defender Enlists Governor To Lighten Caseload

Missouri's Top Public Defender Enlists Governor To Lighten Caseload

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State law lets any member of the bar be appointed as a public defender. Gov. Jay Nixon was assigned a client, but Nixon's spokesman says you can't appoint an attorney without the attorney's consent.

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon might wish he'd begun his career as something other than a lawyer. The state's top public defender says the governor's not doing enough to lighten his caseload, and he's using a line in Missouri law that lets him appoint any member of the bar as a public defender. He sent the governor a letter and information on his client, a man who's been charged with assault. The governor's spokesman says you just can't appoint an attorney without the consent of the attorney. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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