Missouri appeals judge appointed to take over Ferguson court

4 years 1 week 5 days ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:19:02 AM CDT March 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri appeals court judge will be taking over the municipal court system in Ferguson following a highly critical report by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Missouri Supreme Court said Monday that it's assigning appeals Judge Roy Richter to hear all of Ferguson's pending and future municipal court cases. He will take over on March 16 for Ronald J. Brockmeyer, who resigned Monday.

Mayor James Knowles III told The Associated Press the city would begin seeking Brockmeyer's permanent successor Tuesday.

The Supreme Court said Richter also will have the authority to make "needed reforms" to "restore the integrity of the system."

The change comes after the Justice Department released a report last week prompted by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown that criticized a profit-driven city court system.

 

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