Ferguson judge resigns

The Missouri Supreme Court has placed state judge Judge Roy L. Richter in charge of the Ferguson Municipal Court System after the city’s municipal judge, Ronald J. Brockmeyer, resigns.

This comes after the Department of Justice specifically named Brockmeyer in their report on the events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown that took place this summer.

In their criticism of Brockmeyer, the DOJ said that he had been “successful in significantly increasing court collections over the years.” They claim he accomplished this through the creation of abusive and unnecessary fees.

Brockmeyer’s resignation was announced Monday and he will be replaced by Richter on March 16.

“Judge Richter will bring a fresh, disinterested perspective to this court’s practices and he is able and willing to implement needed reforms,” said Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell in a statement.

In a statement released by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, he said that, “courts are a vital part of our democracy, and our court system is built on the trust of the citizens it serves. Today’s strong and appropriate actions by the Missouri Supreme Court are a solid step forward.”

 

[Washington Post] [USA Today] [Photo courtesy KDSK]

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