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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:36 PM

Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes

Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/06/ferguson-judge-owes-unpaid-taxes-ronald-brockmeyer?CMP=share_btn_tw



The judge in Ferguson, Missouri, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and colleagues while inflicting a punishing regime of fines and fees on the city’s residents, also owes more than $170,000 in unpaid taxes.

Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian from authorities in Missouri.

Brockmeyer, 70, was this week singled out by Department of Justice investigators as being a driving force behind Ferguson’s strategy of using its municipal court to aggressively generate revenues. The policy has been blamed for a breakdown in relations between the city’s overwhelmingly white authorities and residents, two-thirds of whom are African American.

Investigators found Brockmeyer had boasted of creating a range of new court fees, “many of which are widely considered abusive and may be unlawful”. A city councilman opposing the judge’s reappointment was warned “switching judges would/could lead to loss of revenue”.

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Reply Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes (Original post)
Enrique Mar 2015 OP
malaise Mar 2015 #1
CincyDem Mar 2015 #3
Enrique Mar 2015 #4
malaise Mar 2015 #6
Revanchist Mar 2015 #14
LineLineLineLineReply .
ReRe Mar 2015 #25
LiberalFighter Mar 2015 #34
peacebird Mar 2015 #2
mopinko Mar 2015 #24
Revanchist Mar 2015 #35
mopinko Mar 2015 #38
MyOwnPeace Mar 2015 #51
alcibiades_mystery Mar 2015 #5
samsingh Mar 2015 #7
tularetom Mar 2015 #8
whathehell Mar 2015 #9
alp227 Mar 2015 #10
HappyMe Mar 2015 #11
uponit7771 Mar 2015 #12
bigtree Mar 2015 #13
Rex Mar 2015 #15
Fuddnik Mar 2015 #16
Dragonfli Mar 2015 #20
ReRe Mar 2015 #26
OldRedneck Mar 2015 #17
WillyT Mar 2015 #18
libdem4life Mar 2015 #19
Submariner Mar 2015 #21
turbinetree Mar 2015 #22
onethatcares Mar 2015 #23
frylock Mar 2015 #27
frylock Mar 2015 #28
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2015 #29
NJCher Mar 2015 #30
tosh Mar 2015 #37
iandhr Mar 2015 #31
ReRe Mar 2015 #32
libdem4life Mar 2015 #40
ReRe Mar 2015 #41
libdem4life Mar 2015 #42
azmom Mar 2015 #33
blkmusclmachine Mar 2015 #36
Joe Johns Mar 2015 #39
Jefferson23 Mar 2015 #43
pansypoo53219 Mar 2015 #44
meow2u3 Mar 2015 #46
meow2u3 Mar 2015 #45
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2015 #47
Enthusiast Mar 2015 #48
Rose Siding Mar 2015 #49
TexasMommaWithAHat Mar 2015 #50
ND-Dem Mar 2015 #53
ND-Dem Mar 2015 #52

Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:38 PM

1. Does he own shares in private prisons

What a mess

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:39 PM

3. Gawd wouldn't that be icing on the cake. n/t

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:40 PM

4. this guy has a similar conflict

he is a judge, AND a prosecutor, AND a private attorney.


Brockmeyer, who has been Ferguson’s municipal court judge for 12 years, serves simultaneously as a prosecutor in two nearby cities and as a private attorney.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:41 PM

6. He looks more like the criminal

Good 'effin grief!

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:06 PM

14. Pleased to meet you...

now remind me, am I defending you, prosecuting you, or judging your case?

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Response to Revanchist (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:06 PM

25. .

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:30 PM

34. He is a municipal judge in two different towns and

prosecutor in 3 or 4 different communities.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:39 PM

2. How is he getting away with that? Takes a while to owe $170k in back taxes, doesn't it?

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Response to peacebird (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:58 PM

24. on a judges salary it sure does.

who knows what other sources of revenue this clown has.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #24)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:37 PM

35. Well according to the article,

This is seven years of tax evasion based off joint returns so his wife's income is added to the equation. Also, don't forget that he's also drawing a salary as a prosecutor as well as owning a private practice, which he apparently owes employee taxes on in addition to his personal liabilities. Furthermore, the article states that he has already paid over $64 thousand in overdue taxes not included in the current total. Add those to the business taxes he didn't pay his total burden is over a quarter million, possibly closer to $300 thousand if not more since the only figure given for the business tax is "tens of thousands."

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Response to Revanchist (Reply #35)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:12 PM

38. iow

iow, a good old double dipping, chiseling, ugly old white man.
a republican of the first order.

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Response to Revanchist (Reply #35)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 02:54 PM

51. Jail the MoFo......

for failure to pay taxes - and double the fines DAILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:40 PM

5. Race in America, right here...where are the Ferguson PD and St. Louis County DA apologists????

 

Fucking racist scum.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:42 PM

7. must be a repug hypocrite

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:45 PM

8. He probably needs the dough to feed the marmot on his head

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:53 PM

9. Don't ya just love it?!

Hypocritical ass.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:54 PM

10. This guy's a crook too. Surprise, surprise!

In addition to making his own ticket disappear, Brockmeyer also in August 2014 took care of a failure to appear notice and speeding ticket issued to a patrol officer in Breckenridge Hills. Brockmeyer also serves as part-time judge there, as well as prosecutor in Dellwood and Florissant.


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ferguson-officials-erased-tickets-for-friends-and-family-doj-discovers/article_a90ed96d-c064-5a03-b9bd-ba9a0db575e8.html

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:55 PM

11. Heh heh!



Gee, that's too bad.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:56 PM

12. F**K HIM!!! He's PART of the oppression!!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:59 PM

13. k&r

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:09 PM

15. Nah, he no doubt is a great guy. I'm sure a DUer will come in here an play CYA for him.

 

Seems they just cannot help themselves.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:13 PM

16. Nice pic from his daughters wedding.........

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:31 PM

20. No way, ..... I think it's his granddaughter. /nt

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:11 PM

26. Nope... I think it's his WIFE. n/t

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:21 PM

17. I'm shocked

 

Shocked, I tell you.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:22 PM

18. K & R !!!

 


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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:26 PM

19. Didn't there used to be a Whistleblower Safe Place to register crap like this? Just one town,

 

albeit famous, getting out the corruption, then everyone else breathe sighs of relief and figures it sucks to be them. Back to business/racism as usual.

Like the cop...got another city's department shut down and just got hired next door. Kind of like rats...when you plug up one hole they come in or gnaw another one. It takes pesticide, just don't know the politically equivalent action that would require.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:33 PM

21. Racist Cracker justice Missouri style

May he get hit by a police car racing to a donut shop. White trash pond scum.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:52 PM

22. LIENS

What makes this hypocrite above the law, he reminds me of Cliven Bundy

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:58 PM

23. only in

America would someone be able to have three jobs. Ain't this country great or what????

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:16 PM

27. Ferguson's entire Justice Industrial Complex needs to be razed to the ground

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:18 PM

28. DOJ should play a card from this shithead's deck..

pay the taxes in whole, or go to jail. I am so fucking pissed off reading this crap.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:20 PM

29. This whole town needs to get RICOed.

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:20 PM

30. If I were in charge....

Federal tax liens filed against Brockmeyer by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) state that he has tens of thousands of dollars in overdue personal income taxes from joint filings with his wife, Amy. He also owes tens of thousands in employer taxes for his law firm and an annual tax paid by employers to fund benefits for the unemployed. Since November 2013, Brockmeyer has paid off another three overdue tax bills totalling $64,599.

If I were in charge of the federal or state IRS, I would be fining this A$$hole 40 ways from Sunday. I would be auditing every tax return I was legally able to audit.

This guy even looks like lowlife creep. See additional pic at link to the full story at The Guardian.



Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #30)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:55 PM

37. This part...

"He also owes tens of thousands in employer taxes for his law firm and an annual tax paid by employers to fund benefits for the unemployed. "

Don't they usually PADLOCK a business for doing this??

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:20 PM

31. I am SHOCKED SHOCKED to find gambling going on here.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:21 PM

32. K&R

Dayam... there goes that damn guardian again doing the job of our non-existent 4th estate. If we did have a proper news organization in this country, no telling what they could have pulled out of Ferguson, MO in the last 6 months.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #32)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:28 PM

40. Socialist Europeans...just jealous of our well-oiled filthy lucre system.

 

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #40)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:32 PM

41. What did Rummy call them?

"Old Europe"?

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Response to ReRe (Reply #41)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:37 PM

42. Yep...blast from the past.

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:25 PM

33. Racist POS

I sure hope they nail his ass good.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:46 PM

36. Savvy businessman!

 



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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:19 PM

39. Is he related to Cliven Bundy?

 

What a goddamn hypocrite!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:39 PM

43. Highly recommend. n/t

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:44 PM

44. he should pay all the fines of his victims. they need their money back.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #44)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:55 PM

46. I bet he expects his victims to pay his back Federal taxes, too

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:54 PM

45. The judge is more of a criminal than the black people he extorts

If I were in charge, I'd give this worthless piece of white trash a taste of his own medicine: lock him up, under the very deplorable conditions he subjects black citizens to, until every last penny in back taxes--with interest and penalties--are paid in full. I'd treat him like he treats the blacks in his jurisdiction--with the same amount of respect he gives them: none!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 09:43 PM

47. jail the bastard

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 08:17 AM

48. Imagine that!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 12:06 PM

49. I wrote both the WH and DOJ about this amoral asshat

He practices law as a prosecutor, too. How is that not a conflict?

And his clerk was one of the ones fingered for racist emails. Now does a clerk ever do anything the judge they serve isn't down with?

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 01:58 PM

50. So, has his ass ever been in jail?

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Response to TexasMommaWithAHat (Reply #50)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 02:56 PM

53. really, why isn't he in jail with all those outstanding fines? what a f***ing hypocrite -- and

 

worse than a hypocrite, because I'd bet he gets payoffs for being a hypocrite.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 02:54 PM

52. kr

 

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