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Fired ALJs can keep their jobs, judge says

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem (pictured) said three administrative law judges can't be terminated from their positions for budgetary reasons. Earlier this year, five administrative law judge positions were dismissed from their posts. Four of the judges were let go, and a retiring judge was not replaced. 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.