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Judges’ New Gun Docket Gives Out More Probation Than Prison Time

“We arrest criminals and they say ‘I’m not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I’ll get paper the second time,'” complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.

04/27/2015

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Highway Shootout Suspect on Probation for Earlier Gun Crime

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Margaret M. Neil may have played a role in this week’s wild, weaving shootout on Interstate 44 – without ever intending to.

04/22/2015

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St. Louis County Municipal Courts Agree to Lower Fines

In response to outrage over the patchwork quilt of small towns all charging different – and sometimes exorbitant – amounts for tickets, 80 local courts agree to a uniform fine schedule.

04/09/2015

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Man Accused in Ferguson Police Shooting Denied Lower Bond

Jeffrey Williams is accused of wounding the officers on March 12, during an early-morning rally sparked by the resignation of Ferguson’s police chief. Both officers are expected to recover.

03/31/2015

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Mo. Lawmaker’s Bill Defines ‘Violent Felony’ in State Gun Law

St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker has ruled Amendment Five was too broad, and fails to differentiate between violent and non-violent offenders.

03/24/2015

Appeals court judge Roy Richter opens Ferguson municipal court, lays out how things will proceed. (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

New Judge Sits Behind Ferguson Bench

State appeals judge Roy Richter introduced himself to defendants, first, by lowering many fines, putting them in line with what the state and county charge.

03/20/2015

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Ferguson Municipal Judge Resigns

In the DOJ’s Ferguson report, Judge Ronald Brockmeyer was accused of jailing impoverished defendants unable to pay fines.

03/09/2015

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Chief Dotson Blasts Amendment Allowing Felons to be Armed

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is not blaming Circuit Judge Robert Dierker’s decision to drop gun possession charges against a convicted felon – he’s holding legislators responsible.

03/02/2015

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No One is Above the Law – Especially Tax Law

Destry Marcotte, 48, was trying to call himself a “sovereign citizen,” and as such was filing claims that the IRS owed him $600,000.

02/05/2015

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

St. Louis City Prosecutor Defends Process of St. Louis County Grand Jury

With a St. Louis County grand jury poised to render its decision in the Ferguson case, the St. Louis city prosecutor is defending the integrity of the process.

11/21/2014

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