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Missouri State Auditor Releases Report On Public Defender System

Oct 11, 2012
Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.
State of Missouri / KRCU

A state audit of the Missouri Public Defender system has found problems with how the attorneys for the poor determine the number of cases they should have.

Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.

Illinois' 12th Congressional District Candidates Debate

Oct 11, 2012
The candidates running for Congress in southern Illinois' 12th US House District met for another debate on Oct 10. in Belleville.
WSIU / KRCU

The three candidates vying for southern Illinois' open congressional seat debated last night in Belleville.

Republican Jason Plummer, Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party Candidate Paula Bradshaw took part in the hour and a half long forum that was full of the usual campaign posturing.

Lawyers Want One Of Their Own On Missouri Supreme Court

Oct 11, 2012
A total of 18 candidates interviewed to take over the seat of now-retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. Judge Price held the seat for more than 20 years, until he retired in August.
Missouri Judicial Branch / MO Gov

A  St. Louis attorney says a judge should not be the one to fill a vacant seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.

St. Louis lawyer Benjamin Lipman was one of 18 candidates who interviewed to fill an open seat on the state's highest court.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. held the seat for more than 20 years, until he retired in August.

Price was the last supreme court judge who came directly from private practice, which Lipman says is an important background to have on the court.

Congressman Cleaver Opposes Voter IDs

Oct 10, 2012
Rep. Cleaver says some Missouri voters are confused on what identification they may now  need to vote. Many states now require to present a photo identification at the polls.
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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who represents Missouri’s fifth district, says he’s worried voter ID laws in other states will suppress voting in Missouri.

Missouri voters don’t have to present a photo identification at the polls.  But Cleaver says all the discussion of voter ID laws around the country has confused some of his constituents.

He says they’ve been contacting his office to ask how to obtain an ID.

A handbill on an unoccupied truck.
paulswansen / Flickr

Last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked the city of Cape Girardeau from enforcing an ordinance that bans people from placing handbills on unoccupied cars. Now, judge John Ross is making that injunction permanent.

The decision comes after the Ku Klux Klan filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming the leafleting ban infringes free speech rights. 

Tony Rothert is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, who represented the KKK. He says it’s a victory for free speech.

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