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St. Louis alderman Stephens urges Reed to resign after federal indictment

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis City Councilman Bill Stephens sent a formal letter to Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed Monday morning in response to the federal charges against him.

Reed has been indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges related to pay-to-play schemes. The 66-page indictment was filed May 25 in the US District Court of Eastern Missouri. It was unsealed on Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Reed on two counts of bribery. Alderman Jeffrey Boyd and John Collins-Muhammad were also charged and have since resigned. Collins-Muhammad has been charged with two counts of bribery and one count of bribery/wire fraud with honest services. Boyd has been charged with two counts of bribery and faces separate charges of fraud on two counts.

“It is often said that democracy dies in the dark,” Stephens said. “However, I believe that silence also contributes to his downfall; not only the silence of the public, but also the silence of its elected officials. The city of St. Louis is in exactly that situation right now.”

He wrote in the letter that he had read the full 66-page indictment and told Reed he “can only conclude from this [his] Resignation is really justified.”

Stephens believes the charges have eroded public confidence.

“I remain firm in my belief that your resignation is necessary in order for us to attempt to restore the credibility that we may yet salvage with the citizens of St. Louis,” Stephens said. “Moreover, I would like to think that if the city of St. Louis is ever to make meaningful advances for its citizens, it needs a whole new legislature, including a new body of elected officials.”

click here read the full letter from Stephens.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/st-louis-alderman-stephens-asks-reed-to-resign-following-federal-indictment/ St. Louis alderman Stephens urges Reed to resign after federal indictment

Nate Jones

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