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Fire chief’s demotion upheld

A St. Louis Circuit judge has upheld the city's decision to demote an ex-fire chief. The St. Louis City Civil Service Commission first upheld Sherman George's demotion last August and George (pictured) appealed the commission's decision to the circuit court. Judge Robert Dierker affirmed the commission's decision on Friday and had asked the commission to supplement its findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding Sherman George's claims of racial discrimination and constructive discharge. The commission has 60 days to turn the decision over to the court.

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Judges soft on crime?

Statistics show long sentences for violent offenders

St. Louis judges have for years endured criticism from politicians and police that they are too lenient with criminals, that people get a second chance when they don't deserve it or serve too brief a stint behind bars. Mayor Francis Slay for years laid part of the blame for St. Louis' high crime rate at the feet of the city's judges. But a Missouri Lawyers Weekly analysis shows the criticism is off target - at least with the most dangerous of felons.

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