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More than Ferguson: Reformer Prosecutors Experience Strong Pushback



The depth and complexity of that question make it almost unanswerable, but most agree that one of the major factors was a legal system perceived to have different sets of rules for haves and have-nots, as well as whites and blacks.

That is a safe statement to make, because voters in both St. Louis and St. Louis County have sprung political upsets in the five years since, electing reformers to top prosecution posts. The city’s Kim Gardner and the county’s Wesley Bell are both African-American, both light on a “prosecutorial” resume, and both heavy with ideas of what is wrong with the system and how it should be changed.

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