ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and current dean of the Saint Louis University Law School wants to do his part to keep criminals off the city’s streets.
Dean Michael Wolff is convening a meeting Wednesday at the law school’s new downtown campus of some 60 public policy officials to talk about Mayor Francis Slay’s proposal for an armed offenders docket.
“We’ve invited a number of people to this and the mayor’s office asked us to host this as kind of a public discussion for the judges, for the prosecutors, the defense attorneys,” Wolff said.
SLU Law faculty and students with an interest will also be involved. The group will discuss the practicality of the plan and how to implement it, according to Wolff.
“How do you make this consistent with due process and fairness and also consistent with the city’s interests in reducing armed violence in the city?”
Along with Mayor Slay, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce has endorsed the proposal. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will formally endorse the idea later this month.
Wolff says the law school is now at the center of the St. Louis community.
“Every issue that comes up with respect to this is represented here in our community,” he added.