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City Judges Consider Special Gun Court Again

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Melinda Coleman says the family cooperated with investigators in the rape case involving her 14-year-old daughter. (Getty Images)

Melinda Coleman says the family cooperated with investigators in the rape case involving her 14-year-old daughter. (Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - St. Louis Circuit Court judges are moving toward approval of a plan that could move gun cases to the front of the line.

This plan is the second city judges were faced with this fall. In September judges rejected a more structured special gun court sought by St. Louis’ Mayor and Circuit Attorney.

The author of this plan, Judge Robert Dierker, said the focus is to expediting gun cases. Under the plan, gun cases would move from arrest to trial in three-to-four months.

Judge Robert Dierker

Judge Robert Dierker is behind a new fast-track approach to gun crimes. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Dierker also added every defendants deserve to be judged on a case by case basis.

He gave an example of one lawbreaker who he said didn’t deserve to go to prison for ten years.

“I had a guy who was a felon in possession. He drove for Imo’s and he was carrying a gun. He wasn’t suppose to carry a gun, but he was working and he was carrying it for his own protection,” Dierker said.

The Dierker plan has passed the rules committee and faces a final vote from the judges just before Thanksgiving.

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