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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
    • 4.9, 146 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

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

malcolm Alaska ,

Awesome

This is well done very informative with excellent reporting. Keep up the great work Amna, Frank and entire crew. I look forward to future episodes.

Lulu1298 ,

Great reporting on an overlooked but critical problem

As a lawyer, this is a heartbreaking look at the “justice” system. Overburdened public defenders are just part of a flawed system that is in desperate need of reform.

Belle7611 ,

Excellent podcast!

Informative, well-told and fascinating reporting. Well done, Frank and team!

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