Municipal court settlement still has few claimants
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.
Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.
The St. Louis County town agreed in July to pay $4.7 million to settle the lawsuit on behalf of people -- mostly poor and black -- who were jailed over a five-year period for failing to pay a fine or court cost, often stemming from minor traffic offenses.