Law: Lawyer Roundup in Jeff City

A Missouri judge taps the state payroll for public defenders

When Circuit Court Judge Byron Kinder stepped to the bench in his Jefferson City, Mo., courtroom one day last week, he looked down on an unusual audience: 100 lawyers. They were not there by choice; they had come in response to a subpoena that warned, "Fail not to appear at your own peril." All 100 work for Missouri agencies based in Jefferson City, the state capital. In a drastic and perhaps unprecedented step, Kinder had summoned them so that he could press them into service...

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