Prosecutor no longer prohibiting cases before judge

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell on Monday reversed an order directing his trial attorneys to move nearly 250 criminal cases away from a circuit judge over an email thread criticizing Bell's decision in a fatal police shooting.

Last month, Bell instructed staff to steer cases away from Circuit Judge Dean Waldemer, who was included in an email exchange criticizing Bell’s investigation of the 2019 police killing of Terry Tillman in Richmond Heights.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Waldemer has now provided Bell the complete email that indicated the judge had no prior knowledge of the critical email by a former employee of the prosecutor's office before receiving it, and did not disseminate it.

The email chain from Ed Magee, a top assistant to former St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, included a letter to the editor of the Post-Dispatch criticizing the length of time Bell’s office took to announce no charges in the Tillman shooting.