The retirement follows an inquiry begun last month, after the Post-Dispatch revealed a pattern in which bonds for criminal defendants were changed without explanation or proper notification to prosecutors and victims.The Post also reports that St. Louis officials have contacted federal investigators with their concerns over the suspicious bail bond activity.
Those changes made it easier for defendants to get out of jail, under terms that made it possible for them to pay a bondsman to post bail. Sometimes a court official accepted a different, lower bond amount than set by a judge, with no explanation.
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