City leaders push for special court to handle gun crimes

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 8:48 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- City leaders admit St. Louis has a problem with gun violence, and say they are now mapping a strategy to stop this type of crime.

Many criminals who use a gun, but do not commit murder, receive a less severe sentence. Public Safety Director Eddie Roth says city leaders are working to change that policy.

"Because we understand as a system that the kid carrying a gun today is the kid standing trial for a homicide down the road," Roth said.

Local officials are asking state legislators to help organize a special docket in the circuit court to handle gun offenses. These cases would only be handled by two permanently assigned judges.

City leaders are talking with state legislators about establishing this special docket, but say they need to gather support to pass the necessary legislation.

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