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Federal Lawsuit Alleges St. Ann Violates Rights Of The Poor

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Federal Lawsuit Alleges St. Ann Violates Rights Of The Poor

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses a St. Louis suburb of violating the rights of the poor by jailing them because they can’t pay small amounts of bond money. Wednesday’s lawsuit in St. Louis against St. Ann alleges people unable to come up with bail ranging from $150 to $350 […]

Federal Lawsuit Alleges St. Ann Violates Rights Of The Poor

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses a St. Louis suburb of violating the rights of the poor by jailing them because they can’t pay small amounts of bond money.

Wednesday’s lawsuit in St. Louis against St. Ann alleges people unable to come up with bail ranging from $150 to $350 frequently have to spend at least three days in jail.

St. Louis-based ArchCity Defenders and Washington-based Equal Justice Under Law are pressing the lawsuit.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday with St. Ann’s city administrator.

Municipal courts in portions of the St. Louis area have come under increasing scrutiny since a Justice Department investigation after last summer’s police shooting death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson concluded Ferguson’s municipal court system driven by profit.

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