JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A second public defender office in Missouri has stopped taking new clients because of a heavy caseload.
The state public defender system said Tuesday its office in the northeastern Missouri city of Troy won't accept new clients until August. Last week, the public defender office in Springfield also stopped taking new cases this month.
Missouri public defenders represent clients who can't afford private attorneys and face state charges that could carry jail time. Officials have warned for years that the system is overburdened.
The five-lawyer office in Troy handles cases in Lincoln and Pike counties. The Springfield office handles cases in Greene, Christian and Taney counties.
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