Mo. Judge: Courts Face Money, Political Pressures
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's outgoing chief justice says the court system is facing increased financial and political pressures.
William Ray Price Jr. ends his two-year term as chief justice Thursday and will be succeeded Friday by Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman (TY'-tel-man). Price will remain a member of the Supreme Court, where he has served since 1992.
In an interview Thursday, Price said state budget cuts have put more strain on the courts. He also said courts are getting increased political pressure from activists wanting to change how judges are selected.
The 59-year-old said he has no immediate plans to retire. But he said it may be time to consider raising Missouri's mandatory retirement age for judges to 75 instead of 70.