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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Drafted as Public Defender

    Show me the money. That’s the message from Missouri State Public Defender’s office head Michael Barrett, who’s protesting massive budget cuts over the last two years by calling in the big guns. Using a statute that allows his office to impress private lawyers into service when there’s a shortage, Barrett’s appointed Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, a licensed attorney, to defend an accused criminal entitled to state-funded legal counsel. Nixon hasn’t responded yet, but many hope it’ll force him to address the Show Me State’s judicial funding crisis and ballooning prison population.

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