Schmitt Opposes Settlement With ACLU

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is raising concerns about a deal between the American Civil Liberties Union and the public defender system.

The deal is part of a proposed settlement to a class action lawsuit filed more than 2 years ago. The proposed settlement would allow public defenders to turn down cases in order to stay within a 40 hour work week.

The lawsuit alleged that by failing to adequately fund and staff the public defender system, the state has not met its obligation to provide poor defendants with meaningful legal representation.

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