Newly elected MBA Head visits area

Monday, November 17, 2014
Reuben A. Shelton, newly elected president of the 35,000-member Missouri Bar Association, speaks at New Madrid on Friday night. (Jill Bock, Staff)

NEW MADRID -- It isn't just civil rights groups, legal activists and the media watching the actions in Ferguson, Missouri, so is the Missouri Bar Association.

Reuben A. Shelton, newly elected president of the 35,000-member Missouri Bar Association, said the organization wants to ensure the rule of law is adhered to by all those involved. With the grand jury expected to decide this month whether Officer Darren Wilson is charged with a crime for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, they will continue to monitor the situation.

" We haven't seen anything in that situation or the later situations where the rule of law has been violated," Shelton said prior to meeting with Southeast Missouri attorneys here.

In response to claims otherwise, Shelton said those comments were politically made or, in other cases, the comments were emotionally made.

According to Shelton, the Missouri Bar Association is actively working on behalf of lawyers, the legal system and the citizens of Missouri. The MBA was most recently involved with the Missouri Legislature on revision of the criminal code.

In response to concerns from Missouri public defenders that their case loads are too great and they need additional resources, Shelton said the MBA has come out in support of adequate funding for the system.

"We want to make sure that every client has good representation," he said.

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