Nixon Says Ferguson. Should Lead to Muni Court Regorm

(AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said abuses detailed by a U.S. Department of Justice report on Ferguson provide stark evidence of the need for changes to the state’s municipal courts.
Nixon, who had said previously that he supports changes to municipal courts, went into further detail Friday while speaking to a gathering of the Missouri Bar Association. He said reducing the amount of money cities can get from municipal traffic fines and penalties would mark a first step, but he said changes to the way courts operate also are needed.
“If people are called to court they need to show up, but it’s a two way street and the courts have a responsibility as well – to operate fairly, transparently and ethically,” Nixon said.

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