Out of Ferguson: Misdemeanors as Taxes and Municipal Courts as Tax Collectors
1 PM EST
The 2014 events in Ferguson, Missouri brought the operation of the municipal justice system in St. Louis County, Missouri into the public eye. Most of the 91 municipalities in St. Louis County have their own police force and municipal court. Increasingly, the police and municipal courts have been charged with a revenue raising function. City administrators have encouraged police to issue misdemeanor citations, primarily for traffic offenses including driving without insurance and failure to renew vehicle registration or the operator’s license. According to a Department of Justice Report on Ferguson, policing in Ferguson had come to serve primarily a revenue function, so that the police and courts became relatively little concerned with public safety in enforcing laws and more in generating revenue. This program will consider the impact of reclassifying these fines and penalties as taxes.
Vanessa Caston Lafleur, Louisiana Department of Revenue, Baton Rouge, LA
Professor Erin Scharff, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ
Professor Henry Ordower, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
Professor Kenneth Warren, Saint Louis University Department of Political Science, St. Louis, MO
Professor J.S. Onésimo Sandoval, Saint Louis University Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Louis, MO
PLEASE NOTE: To receive CLE credit, each individual attendee must be logged into the webinar interface for the ENTIRE program (including the Q&A). Partial credit is not available for this program. Please see the CLE Informaton page for more details.
$75 for Section of Taxation Members
$150 ABA Member*
$125 Young Lawyers
$125 Government / Academic / Non-Profit
$195 All other registrants
FREE Full-time J.D., LL.M., or M.T. Candidates (No CLE Credit/Webcast Only)
*ABA Member registrants will become Tax Section members for 2016-17.
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