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Gov. Parson names Borthwick first female circuit judge on Greene County bench

Gov. Mike Parson has elevated Judge Becky J.W. Borthwick to the circuit bench in Greene County. Borthwick, who had been an associate circuit judge, fills a circuit position that the General Assembly established in 2019. Parson’s office noted that she ...

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George W. Draper III’s speech highlights long-standing court plan critique

George W. Draper III

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III’s fiery speech at The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting boosted the profile of long-running concerns about bias in the judicial review process. In his Sept. 19 speech, Draper called out the “unprecedented ...

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Open to a change in Plan

Ten years ago, Judge William Ray Price Jr. held a press conference when he became chief justice of the state Supreme Court. In his words, “it wasn’t a big deal.” Nine days from assuming the same post again, Price (walking to his chambers with his dog, Lilly) held another press conference. It turned into an hour-long interview by nine reporters and photographers. Although the office of chief justice hasn’t changed much over the years, its importance to the outside world has. The heightened scrutiny is due in no small part to recent attacks on Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court Plan.

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Senate committee OKs measure to reform Plan

The Missouri Senate may debate changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan after a resolution altering how some judges are selected passed out of a Senate committee. Rep. Stanley Cox’s proposed constitutional amendment would, among other things, add another gubernatorial ...

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First panel sent to governor for appellate court

The Appellate Judicial Commission on Friday named the first of three panels of candidates for openings on the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. The panel consists of Judge Jacqueline A. Cook, Cynthia L. Reams Martin and Mark D. Pfeiffer. ...

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