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Case Name Church v. State of Missouri PD-MO-0003
Docket / Court 2:17-cv-04057-NKL ( W.D. Mo. )
Additional Docket(s) 17-02857  [ 17-2857 ]
17AC-CC00130  [ 17-130 ]
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Indigent Defense
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Assistance of counsel (6th Amendment)
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Crowding / caseload
Conflict of interest
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) State of Missouri
Plaintiff Description All indigent adults and juveniles who are charged with any offense that carries the potential for incarceration as a penalty and who are eligible to be represented by the Missouri State Public Defender.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 04/07/2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  ACLU Sues Missouri Over Disastrous Public Defender System
Date: Mar. 9, 2017
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  Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense
Date: 2011
By: Norman Lefstein (Indiana University--Indianapolis Faculty)
Citation: (ABA 2011)
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  Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel.
Date: Apr. 14, 2009
By: National Right to Counsel Committee (The Constitution Project)
Citation: National Right to Counsel Committee, Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel (2009)
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  The Third Generation of Indigent Defense Litigation
New York University Review of Law and Social Change
Date: 2009
By: Cara Drinan (Columbus School of Law, Catholic University Faculty)
Citation: 33 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 427 (2009)
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  Indigent Defense Reform: The Role of Systemic Litigation in Operationalizing the Gideon Right to Counsel
Date: May 7, 2007
By: Vidhya K. Reddy (Washington University in St. Louis Law Student)
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2:17−cv−04057−NKL (W.D. Mo.)
PD-MO-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/12/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Petition for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief
PD-MO-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/09/2017
Source: ACLU
Order [ECF# 69] (268 F.Supp.3d 992) (W.D. Mo.)
PD-MO-0003-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/24/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Laughrey, Nanette Kay (E.D. Mo., W.D. Mo.) show/hide docs
PD-MO-0003-0002 | PD-MO-0003-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anand, Easha (California) show/hide docs
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Breihan, Amy Elizabeth (Missouri) show/hide docs
Maune, James J. (California) show/hide docs
Melehani, Will (California) show/hide docs
Prasad, Anjali (California) show/hide docs
Quinn, Mae C. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Rosca, Camille Joanne (New York) show/hide docs
Rose, Evan (California) show/hide docs
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Rothert, Anthony [Tony] E. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Scherzer, Aaron W. (New York) show/hide docs
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Shahabian, Matthew R. (California) show/hide docs
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Sills, Robert L. (New York) show/hide docs
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Steffan, Jessie (Missouri) show/hide docs
Tartaglio, Anthony (California) show/hide docs
Wilcox, Gillian R. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Williamson, Jason D. (New York) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Elsbury, Laura E. (Missouri) show/hide docs
Moore, Justin (Missouri) show/hide docs
Quinlan, Michael D. (Missouri) show/hide docs
Ramsey, Steven Alan (Missouri) show/hide docs
Sauer, Dean John (Missouri) show/hide docs
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