Free Speech in the Missouri State Public Defender System

Tomorrow morning, former public defender Jon Bailey will appear on 89.3, KCUR, at 10:00 a.m. to discuss problems and solutions within the Missouri State Public Defender System.  Jon is no longer a trial attorney with MSPD, despite an exemplary record as a trial attorney in Kansas City.  Two weeks ago, MSPD fired Jon when he publicly criticized the System for its failure to enact meaningful internal reforms that would benefit poor clients throughout the State of Missouri.

The actions of the MSPD directors illegally violated Jon's right to free speech.  This week, we will file a lawsuit to hold those responsible for firing Jon accountable for violating his Constitutional rights.  Jon will discuss his lawsuit, problems with MSPD, and proposals for meaningful reforms tomorrow on KCUR.