Monday, March 9, 2015

Follow The Money

Oh look, a touch of irony in Ferguson:

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”.

Racism and greed; what a lovely combination.

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  1. Dollars to doughnuts, the moment the DoJ/IRS action becomes public knowledge, the wingnuts will whinge that That Bad Uppity Kenyan IsmalmFascoSoshulist is after another Gud Patriot Xtian Hetero Caucasian Real Ahmurrcan™.

    Interestingly, WaMo had a related piece this weekend on how wealth inequality, conspicuous consumption and the rest of the Reichwing toxic stew have become the core of the Conservatist position, and how impossible it now is to distinguish the bad policies from the execrable politics. Who knows: perhaps Brockmeyer thought he was Sticking It To The Man when he wasn’t paying up. It says a good deal, though, that the charges predate BHO: one wonders whether he thought if he withheld his taxes then Pelosi and Reid wouldn’t get paid.

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