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New Coalition Seeks Transparency in Current Judicial Selection Process

January 29th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

A new organization named Better Courts for Missouri will be holding a news conference tomorrow at 9:00 AM on the steps of the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City.

According to a release sent to MOPNS, the new coalition is “seeking transparency in the process for selecting judges and public accountability for those who nominate them.”

Here’s more from the release:

“Missouri is one of just a handful of states that continues to use an antiquated judicial appointment system that is secretive and lacking in accountability. Statewide polls have shown Missourians want more of a role in selecting their judges, and, want more transparency and public accountability in the process. Lawmakers are seeking to pass very moderate reforms that would make the judicial selection process open to the press and public. However, the Missouri State Bar Association is using its funds and power to control how judges are appointed to the court and selecting them in secret.”

Scheduled speakers tomorrow are:

Jonathan Bunch, Esq., Executive Director, Better Courts for Missouri

State Reps. Stanley Cox (R-118) Ed Emery (R-126) and Jim Lembke (R-85)

Thomas Walsh, Esq, Partner at large International law firm in Missouri

William Placke, Esq., VP of multi-billion dollar company in Missouri

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