FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – The municipal judge who came under fire by the U.S. Justice Department is stepping away from the bench in Ferguson.

Judge Ronald Brockmeyer told KMOX News although he is leaving the Ferguson bench, he has not resigned from the courts in other communities, including Florissant, Breckenridge Hills, Vinita Park and Dellwood, and there have been no calls for him to step out of those communities.

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

The Missouri Supreme Court has already named a replacement. It has re-assigned Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Roy Richter to St. Louis County Circuit Court to hear all of Ferguson’s pending and future municipal division cases.

Additionally, Richter is authorized to implement needed reforms to Ferguson court policies and procedures.

Brockmeyer himself is facing legal troubles, owing more than $170,000 in back taxes.

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