“For years, the public defender’s office in St. Louis chafed at working with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. The city’s top prosecutor “systematically” withheld critical information about witnesses in criminal cases, the office charged, particularly their addresses. It got so bad, the public defenders got a court order compelling Joyce’s office to change its policies to release that information, as Missouri Supreme Court rules require.<br><br>In 2017, Joyce retired, and Kim Gardner took over as Circuit Attorney. But though Gardner hired a number of former defense attorneys and promised a sea change in the office, that hasn’t happened, says Mary Fox, district defender in St. Louis. <br><br>In fact, she says, in many ways, things are much worse.” <br><br>Guess who feels it most? Black defendants.

"For years, the public defender's office in St. Louis chafed at working with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. The city's top prosecutor "systematically" withheld critical information about witnesses in criminal cases, the office charged, particularly their addresses. It got so bad, the public defenders got a court order compelling Joyce's office to change its policies to release that information, as Missouri Supreme Court rules require.

In 2017, Joyce retired, and Kim Gardner took over as Circuit Attorney. But though Gardner hired a number of former defense attorneys and promised a sea change in the office, that hasn't happened, says Mary Fox, district defender in St. Louis.

In fact, she says, in many ways, things are much worse."

Guess who feels it most? Black defendants.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office Refuses to Follow the Law, Public Defender Charges

For years, the public defender's office in St. Louis chafed at working with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. The city's top prosecutor "systematically" withheld...
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