“Wesley Bell wants to change how criminal cases are prosecuted in St. Louis County, but he says it will cost more
The prosecuting attorney and his advisers have appeared before the County Council twice this year to ask for $1.5 million for additional programs and staff. The extra money would allow Bell to spend $13.4 million this year. That’s 13 percent more than last year and 43 percent more than two years ago under Bell’s predecessor, Robert P. McCulloch
Fresh off a budget battle with County Executive Steve Stenger, the council has been in no hurry to honor the request. Even Bell’s most avid supporter on the council, Hazel Erby, D-1st District, who was sworn in with Bell on Jan. 1, says she doesn’t know if the county can afford it.”
They can afford everything except the pursuit of justice.
Changing how crimes are prosecuted in St. Louis County will cost money, but council isn’t rushing
Fresh off a budget battle with County Executive Steve Stenger, the council has been in no hurry to honor the request.