The problem includes a structural corruption across municipal courts and circuit courts.
That night, the prosecuting attorney at St. Ann was Keith Cheung. Cheung works at Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe, a St. Louis County law firm whose lawyers serve as the prosecutors and judges in upwards of 20 municipalities. Cheung wears multiple hats: He’s the judge in one municipality and the prosecutor in numerous others (Frontenac, Normandy, and St. Ann). One source said he was positioned to become “the new Brockmeyer.”
In 2006, he received an email from Wes Dalton, who at the time was a circuit court judge in Warren County, imploring him to scrub the case of an 18-year-old girl who had been written up for alcohol possession.
“Her Dad is Wayne Baker (owner of Warrenton Oil and a —-load of other stuff),” Dalton wrote. “Can we make this one go away??? By the way, we’re hooked up for golf at Porto Cima at the Conference!!! (is no cost okay???)!!”
Unlike Charmaine and Antonio, Baker’s daughter got off scot-free.