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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 4:00 pm

A new study suggests that Missouri public defenders are not spending enough time representing clients due to heavy caseloads.

“It demonstrates precisely what we have been asserting for years — that our caseloads are at crisis level, and despite the efforts of committed and skilled public defenders, many of our clients do not receive the level of representation that is guaranteed by the U.S. and Missouri constitutions,” Michael Barrett, general counsel for the Missouri Public Defender system, stated in an email to The Missourian.

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