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In 1997, Ricky Kidd was sentenced to life without parole for a double homicide he says he didn't commit. And he says his court-appointed lawyer is the reason. In the U.S. justice system, everyone has the right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. But what happens when your lawyer is overworked, underfunded and unable to do their job? From the PBS NewsHour, a look inside Missouri's public defender system at a crisis point and what it means for serving justice in America.

Broken Justice PBS NewsHour

    • True Crime
    • 4.6, 502 Ratings

In 1997, Ricky Kidd was sentenced to life without parole for a double homicide he says he didn't commit. And he says his court-appointed lawyer is the reason. In the U.S. justice system, everyone has the right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. But what happens when your lawyer is overworked, underfunded and unable to do their job? From the PBS NewsHour, a look inside Missouri's public defender system at a crisis point and what it means for serving justice in America.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
502 Ratings

502 Ratings

shaneboy7 ,

Honestly, speechless... WELL DONE!

I kinda stumbled across this but was drawn in pretty quick. It has a intriguing storyline from the start, public defenders trying their best against insurmountable odds with 10,000’s of life’s in the line. The gentleman they focus on is a must listen. I pray for him and others like him. I hope Alabama can get on board with this line of thinking.

Justinamedina ,

Ms.

Interesting reporting. I think if we socialized Law, the many problems of Public Defence would be solved. It would be good for America in many other ways. Why is it that so many people believe that we should socialize Medicine, but not Law?

WhereisWebsta? ,

Great reporting

Very much enjoyed this short podcast. In-depth investigative journalism is still badly needed, especially in this day and age.

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