Messenger: St. Louis County, three municipalities, accused of charging illegal court costs
Jun 19, 2019
John Cibulka was hanging out watching his son’s baseball practice when a thought in the back of his head started nagging at him.
“I got the feeling that I was supposed to be somewhere else,” says the 59-year-old south St. Louis County resident.
Indeed, he was. In court.
It was 2013, and Cibulka was fighting a ticket he got the year before for running a red light. He made his first court date, pleaded not guilty, and a new court date was set in St. Louis County Municipal Court.
When he realized his mistake, Cibulka called his lawyer, who then negotia...