Judge, Lawyers In MO Municipal Courts Play Many Roles–Is It Fair?

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Lawyers who help run and profit from the St. Louis area's 81 municipal courts often work as traffic attorneys whose success lies in their ability to get a charge amended to a nonmoving violation, a leniency that many courts will afford only to lawyers, as long as the offender is willing to pay a higher fine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. They also work as city attorneys, paid to represent municipalities in lawsuits and to craft ordinances that feed the municipal revenue stream. Sometimes they do both. These dual, or in some cases triple and quadruple . . .

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