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Old March 6th, 2015, 02:22 PM   #1
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Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes

Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes | US news | The Guardian

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The judge in Ferguson, Missouri, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and colleagues while inflicting a punishing regime of fines and fees on the city’s residents, also owes more than $170,000 in unpaid taxes.

Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian from authorities in Missouri.

Brockmeyer, 70, was this week singled out by Department of Justice investigators as being a driving force behind Ferguson’s strategy of using its municipal court to aggressively generate revenues. The policy has been blamed for a breakdown in relations between the city’s overwhelmingly white authorities and residents, two-thirds of whom are African American.

Investigators found Brockmeyer had boasted of creating a range of new court fees, “many of which are widely considered abusive and may be unlawful”. A city councilman opposing the judge’s reappointment was warned “switching judges would/could lead to loss of revenue”.
Well, well, well. Seems this guy got caught.
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I read that LW. Isn't that just like a hypocritical wingnut ? He jails minorities who can't pay small fines while he stiffs the government to the tune of $170,000.
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I read that LW. Isn't that just like a hypocritical wingnut ? He jails minorities who can't pay small fines while he stiffs the government to the tune of $170,000.
Absolutely. Look behind the game and you'll see right wingers breaking the rules every time.
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I read that LW. Isn't that just like a hypocritical wingnut ? He jails minorities who can't pay small fines while he stiffs the government to the tune of $170,000.
What party affiliation does Brockmeyer have? He is appointed by the Ferguson City Council if I am not mistaken. Ferguson is ~67% black.

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Ferguson holds municipal elections in April of odd-numbered years. In doing so, the town is hardly unique. Approximately three-fourths of American municipalities hold their elections in odd years, a Progressive-era reform intended to shield municipal elections from the partisan politics of national contests, but one that has been shown to have a dramatic effect on reducing turnout.

Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections (where party labels do not appear on the ballot), another Progressive reform, and one that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting.
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What party affiliation does Brockmeyer have? He is appointed by the Ferguson City Council if I am not mistaken. Ferguson is ~67% black.



How Ferguson exposes the racial bias in local elections - The Washington Post


Also 87% of his political donations are to democrats.
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Also 87% of his political donations are to democrats.

Hey, Camelot got one right, Brockmeyer is a "wingnut".


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I read that LW. Isn't that just like a hypocritical wingnut ? He jails minorities who can't pay small fines while he stiffs the government to the tune of $170,000.
Sharpton owes a helluva lot more than that..
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Sharpton owes a helluva lot more than that..
Your proof?
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Sharpton owes a helluva lot more than that..
And then show where Sharpton held white people responsible for the majority of warrants to make money.
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Your proof?
he's admitted it you dumbass! he says he's worked out a payment deal doesn't hurt when the president is one of your buddies..

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/politi...rpton-finance/

The MSNBC host said in a press conference Wednesday that the $4.5 million was the original figure he was ordered to pay back in 2008, but that he has been making regular payments since then and the amount is now less.

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