Bell reverses policy that moved cases away from 2 judges

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ St. Louis County’s new prosecutor has reversed a policy implemented by his predecessor to transfer cases away from two circuit judges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wesley Bell’s policy change announced late Thursday overturned a policy implemented by former prosecutor Bob McCulloch just a month before he left office. Bell defeated McCulloch in the August Democratic primary and ran unopposed in November. He was sworn in Monday.

McCulloch did not explain why he ordered his trial attorneys to file motions to move cases away from the two judges, Kristine Kerr and Nancy Watkins McLaughlin, other than it was the result of “an accumulation of things over a period of time.” It followed recent cases where the two judges gave sentences that were more lenient than had been recommended.

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