Panel rates Missouri judges up for election well
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A judicial evaluation committee is urging voters to keep all 50 nonpartisan judges up who are up for this year's retention elections.
The Missouri Bar on Wednesday released positive results from a review of those judges up for election Nov. 4.
But three judges from St. Louis County only received support after appealing poor reviews. Associate circuit judges Judy Draper, Dennis Smith and Patrick Clifford all received among the lowest scores statewide in the evaluation.
Ratings only are done for judges appointed by the governor to the Supreme Court, the state's three court of appeals and trial courts in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield areas. Those judges face retention elections for voters to decide whether they should keep their positions.