Final Judgment in David v. Missouri

David v. Missouri 20AC-CC00093 (Cole County, MO)

Holding “the State fails in its obligation to provide counsel when it fails to provide counsel . . . within . . . [a] two week period, as such a failure falls below the minimal obligation placed upon the State to appoint counsel within a reasonable time after attachment.” The Court found delays of assigning counsel of more than 2 weeks violated the Missouri Constitution’s right to counsel.


Although the state currently has no individuals on its waiting list, the court nevertheless recognized the “history of providing defense counsel for indigent defendants in Missouri is replete with claims of inadequate resources for providing effective representation,” making it critical to address the future use of waiting lists.

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