Local applies for Appeals Court Judge
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#1 Feb 18, 2010
Appeals Court vacancy in Springfield MO has 23 applicants
by KY3 News
Story Published: Feb 5, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- A state panel says 23 people applied for a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. That vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge John Parrish last Sept. 1. Parrish had been a judge almost 36 years.
The 23 applicants include eight women and 15 men. All are non-minorities. Twelve are from Springfield, where the court has its offices, and 11 are from other parts of the Southern District, which goes from the Kansas and Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River and the Bootheel.
Eleven work in public jobs. Eleven work in the private sector and one works in both. Of those who work in the private sector, nine are from solo or small-firm law practices. All but one of those who work in the public sector are state government employees, including eight who work in the trial courts. The applicants’ average age is 51.
The Appellate Judicial Commission plans to interview all 23 applicants. It will then meet on Feb. 19 to pick three nominees, from which Gov. Jay Nixon will choose one.
The applicants are:
--Carol Aiken (a Greene County Probate Court commissioner)
--Elizabeth Bock (an assistant attorney general from Springfield)
--James Burt (private attorney in Springfield)
--Charles Curless (Barton County associate circuit judge)
--Deborah Dodge (private attorney in Springfield0
--James Egan (an assistant public defender in Carthage)
--William Francis Jr.(private attorney in Springfield)
--Margaret Holden (administrative law judge, Mo. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations)
--David Jones (Greene County circuit judge)
--Michael Moroni (private attorney in Bloomfield)
--Kelly Parker (circuit judge from Salem)
--Mark Powell (a Greene County associate circuit judge)
--Jo Beth Prewitt (Oregon County associate circuit judge)
--John Price (private attorney in Springfield)
--Richard Rollings Jr.(private attorney in Camdenton)
--James Sharp (private attorney in Springfield)
--Mary Sheffield (circuit judge from Rolla)
--Craig A. Smith (private attorney)
--Stephen Snead (private attorney in Springfield)
--Randee Stemmons (private attorney in Greenfield and Mt. Vernon municipal court judge)
--Tracy Storie (circuit judge from Rolla)
--Andrew Wood (private attorney in Neosho)
--Wendy Yocum (private attorney from Nixa)
This is the first time all candidates for a spot on a state appeals court have been publicly disclosed. Previously, only the three names forwarded to the governor were identified. The Missouri Supreme Court in December decided to start identifying everyone who is interviewed by the nominating panels.
Courts of Appeals judges must be at least 30 years of age, residents of their district, U.S. citizens for 15 years and qualified Missouri voters for nine years before their selection. Appeals judges serve 12-year terms. They earn $128,207 annually.
#2 Feb 19, 2010
Hopefully Jo Beth gets it. She is a good judge and she deserves some happiness in her life after losing Sarah Jo.
#3 Feb 20, 2010
Missouri Chief Justice Michael Wolff in his March 2007 column wrote:
" Accountability: This current poplar buzz word reflects the public's interest in holding public servants --including judges-- responsibile for their actions. The public's interest is well founded.
Code of Judicial Conduct:
In addition to being bound by lawyer's code of professional responsibility, all judges in Missouri are subject to rules that constitute the code of judicial conduct.
These rules are intended to ensure that judges act --fairly--imparticially--and promptly in deciding cases. They govern the conduct of judges on the bench as well as restrict off-bench activities that might call the judges fairness into question.
For example, these rules prohibit conflicts of interest and prohibit a judge from communication with one party to a case without the presence or consent of the other parties. These rules ensure that judges adhere to high ethical standards and avoid even " the appearance of impropriety."
Hopefully a MORE qualified candidate will assume this position.
A fair & imparticial person with high ethical standards who has avoided any appearance of impropriety.
#4 Feb 20, 2010
Jo Beth didn't make the cut. The 3 names sent to the Gov were Deborah Dodge, William Francis JR, and Mark Powell. Strangely enough all are from Springfield.
#5 Feb 20, 2010
What we want is someone who up holds the law the way it was written. What we want is an impartial unbias judge.
Jo Beth doesn't meet the criteria of either. Besides, it would be a huge embarrassment if she were selected only to have the State sanction her license which is in the works for actions she made as Judge here in Oregon county that were unethical.
#6 Feb 20, 2010
Thats what happens when as acting Judge you make decisions such as those which are on record of Jo Beth, actions which are unethical and not impartial, actions which are being looked in upon by the State.
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