Tax Panel Appointee Withdrawn After Concerns
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has withdrawn
an appointee to the State Tax Commission after some senators raised concerns about a decision in a rape case a decade ago.
Nixon appointed Jeff Schaeperkoetter to the
Tax Commission last July and reappointed him this January. But Schaeperkoetter's confirmation was blocked by several senators.
Republican Sen. Jane Cunningham, of Chesterfield, cited Schaeperkoetter's decision as a circuit judge in 2001 to grant probation to a convicted rapist despite a jury recommendation for a lengthy prison sentence.
Nixon withdrew Schaeperkoetter's nomination this week. Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said "that was the appropriate course to take" but declined to elaborate.
Schaeperkoetter did not return telephone messages left Thursday and Friday by The Associated Press.