A Cole County judge said today that three administrative law judges can’t be terminated from their positions for budgetary reasons.
Earlier this year, five administrative law judge positions were cut. Gov. Jay Nixon said the move was meant as a cost-cutting measure in the midst of a tough budgetary situation.
But three of the judges – Henry Herschel, John A. Tackes and Matthew Murphy – sued to keep their positions. They argued that they could only be dismissed under a specific system set up in the state’s statutes.
In a decision released today (click here to read the opinion), Cole County circuit judge Jon Beetem issued a permanent injunction that keeps the three men in their positions as administrative law judges. The ruling also forces the state to provide them with roughly $39,514 in legal fees.
Read more on this story in Thursday’s papers.