After hours of public interviews, deliberations and voting, the Appellate Judicial Commission of Missouri has endorsed three nominees for a vacant position on the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that two St. Louis-area attorneys and one St. Louis judge are the nominees. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael P. David and attorneys James Dowd of Webster Groves and Philip Hess of Sunset Hills are vying to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Kathianne Knaup Crane. Crane stepped away in August after serving for 23 years on the Court of Appeals. Governor Nixon has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy. Should he fail to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the Appellate Judicial Commission to make the appointment.
It looks like St. Louis' red light cameras can stay, and the city can keep millions of dollars it's collected in fines. That's after yesterday's ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals that upheld the city's use of red light cameras to control traffic. The ruling reverses a previous court decision that had declared the city ordinance unconstitutional.
The city won't be able to collect on all 138,000 unpaid red light tickets though. That's because the court also found that tickets issued more than a year ago had to be tossed out because they didn't clearly state how they could be contested. Just about a year ago the city fixed that problem by changing the wording on the summons.