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Blunt’s office led Court Plan opposition

Public criticism of the state's system for selecting judges was orchestrated from former Gov. Matt Blunt's office, a review of e-mails shows. Missouri Lawyers Weekly reviewed several hundred pages of e-mail communications to and from members of the governor's office provided under a Sunshine Law request. The e-mails reveal a coordinated effort by Blunt's office, particularly Ed Martin, his former chief of staff, to disparage the court plan and call for change.

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E-mails show Eckersley part of high court selection process

The e-mails obtained by Missouri Lawyers Weekly from former Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration do more than lay out the internal debate over the selection of state Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge. Some of the e-mails also make clear the involvement ...

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New governor – different approach

New Gov. Jay Nixon recognizes the importance his power in appointing judges. "Governor Nixon believes that judicial appointments are some of the most important selections that a governor can make," spokesman Jack Cardetti said. During his four years in office, Nixon's predecessor, Matt Blunt, appointed two new judges, Zel Fischer and Patricia Breckenridge, to the seven-member Missouri Supreme Court and a host of others to appellate or lower-level judicial posts. Nixon is expected to approach judicial selections much differently.

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Bond won’t seek fifth term

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond will not seek re-election when his seat is up again in 2010. Bond, a Republican, was first elected a senator in 1986 and has been re-elected three times. Bond shared the news in a speech to ...

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Assistant U.S. attorney Joel May picked for judgeship

Joel May will be Gov. Matt Blunt’s final judicial appointment. Blunt, who leaves office on Monday, selected May, an assistant U.S. attorney, for the Jackson County Circuit bench late Tuesday afternoon, according to Rod Chapel, who was also on the ...

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Attorney objects to settlement of governor’s e-mail suit

An attorney for special investigators is officially objecting to settlement of the state lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt’s office over public records. What effect that objection will have remains unclear. A hearing on the settlement is set for this afternoon. ...

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