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Judge says ALJs to stay on the job until trial

A Cole County circuit judge has issued a preliminary injunction that prevents three administrative law judges from being forced out. Henry Herschel, Matthew Murphy and John Tackes (pictured) sued in June to prevent Gov. Jay Nixon's administration from dismissing them. While Nixon said they were let go for budgetary reasons, an attorney for the judges says the move violated statutes that lay out a specific dismissal process. In a ruling issued Thursday, Judge Jon Beetem granted the injunction, which "shall remain in effect until a full adjudication of Plaintiffs' claims on the merits or until further order of this Court." (Click here to view a PDF of the injunction.)