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Lawyers Serving as Judges, Prosecutors, and Defense Lawyers at the Same Time: Legal Ethics and Municipal Courts

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Washington University Journal of Law & Policy


This Article analyzes the intersection between judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. Joy explores ethical issues that arise when attorneys practice concurrently in these areas and outlines potential solutions for violations. Joy argues that municipal judges should be prohibited from serving as prosecutors and defense attorneys and for restrictions preventing lawyers from serving as both a prosecutor and defense attorney in the same county.