St. Louis Judges Reject Gun Court Proposal; Mayor's Office "Disappointed"

Categories: Crime

Here is a portion of the statement released by Joyce's office in light of the judges' decision (emphasis ours):

Judge Garvey's armed offender plan offered transparency, accountability and a way to study the effectiveness of two specialized courts that would handle certain gun crimes. I pledged two attorneys to the armed offender docket and the city of St. Louis pledged resources to cover two additional attorneys to help with the effort...I am disappointed this plan did not pass.

However, I am reviewing the alternative proposal set forth by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker that was adopted by the court today. While concerns have been raised that the alternative proposal was more about form than substance, I am hopeful the judges will keep considerations of promoting public safety in mind as they formulate the framework under which the plan will operate.

Crane says the mayor plans to pursue the idea through legislative means next. (A piece of legislation on specialized gun courts was proposed on the state level last session, but it did not pass.) She says that the implication that the mayor's office is meddling with the judges' jobs is off base, as the gun docket proposal does not deal with how offenders would be sentenced and judges in the armed offender courts would have maintained their autonomy in that regard.

"[The judges] definitely made a point saying, 'We don't want anybody coming in here and telling us how to do our jobs,'" says Crane. "It's disappointing. It was a set back for the community and I really think the citizens of St. Louis deserve better."

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


My Voice Nation Help
24 comments
Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

Stl. County judges are CORRUPT as it gets! They can't handle anything, and apparently are able to stay on benches the people vote the off of, by cheating in the voting system.

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Just freak'n enforce the laws we have now. Criminals get off to easy. Prison is too nice. Take away the TVs, radios, phones, gym and Internet. They can walk/run in the yard, perform push-ups, sit-ups and chin-ups on the pull-up bar. They can talk to their lawyers and family members by letter or in person. Let them have their library and learn a trade skill.

Gordon Green
Gordon Green

If you are too stupid to listen to a pair of 12 year vets Ray Thomas all I can say is who wants to be an iron worker? There was about 60,000 iron worker jobs in America in 2010. There's about 1 and a half million people in the US Armed forces. Seems like a lot more people want to be in the military than want to be like you.

Gordon Green
Gordon Green

Eff you Ray Thomas. My profession is an honorable one made up of volunteers. We don't want criminals who don't want to be there risking our lives. Let the liquor store robbers and rapist and child molesters work with you.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

**Statement Retracted* I realize my time in the service means nothing to such a narrow mindset. No point in trying to reason using logic.

Bill Moran
Bill Moran

Prohibitive policies dont work for people who have no intention of abiding by the laws. And yes...end the war on drugs that we pretend exists.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Can we ever really completely END gun violence in America? Some call me a cynic but I believe we have passed the point of no return on that one. Does that mean we should just do nothing? Of course not. Ending the war on drugs would collapse the black market in on itself. No different than how the prohibition of alcohol created organized crime our government has clearly waged yet another pointless war which ended up only worsening the problem. If the war on drugs ended tomorrow gun violence in America would drop to shockingly low numbers.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

ok i agree but that will not end gun violence

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

i would rather serve with forced criminals than be forced to sit next to a criminal on a bus unarmed

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Ray, I did. I am glad to have served my country. Again, unless you are willing to serve next to criminals who were forced to do so, don't force that fate on others. Bad idea.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

The war on drugs is a nightmare. Yes, it needs to end.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

The laws and police have not worked in regards to America's drug problem. Are you suggesting we end the war on drugs?

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

Clyde,really who wants to be in the military,,,,and believe me when the shootin starts and their training kicks in they will do what it takes to survive

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Ray, that is the worst idea. I spent 12+ years in the military. I DO NOT want the guy in the line next to me, whom I will depend on to cover me, to not want to be there. We have a 100% volunteer force, we do not need criminals, especially violent offenders, serving along side with real Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors who actually want to do their job. Get lost with that idea. Unless you are willing to serve right next to a violent criminal, don't say its a good idea.

Bill Moran
Bill Moran

The laws and police havent worked....why would a court?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

The solution is staring us in the face but our government refuses to do what's right.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

it beats putting them in time outs in prison

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yea cause that's what we need....More people who really don't want to serve our country in the military....Seriously what's the worst that could happen?

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

anybody convicted of a gun crime should have to do one full tour of military duty in a war zone overseas,,where they shoot back atya

arnheaded2002
arnheaded2002

i like my idea,anybody convicted of a gun crime ,,has to do at least one full tour of duty OVERSEAS in a war zone where people are shooting back at you and then see how tough you are with a gun

Opinionated314
Opinionated314

@arnheaded2002 Negative..  Are you willing to serve next to a violent criminal in whatever hellhole the government deems necessary this year? We have a volunteer force for that reason.  Every current service member at one time agreed to serve, no one was forced into it. 

Unless you are willing to depend on that criminal to save your life, don't suggest others do so.  Im a 12+year veteran with 3 combat tours, so i have solid ground to sate my opinoon. 

Now Trending

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...