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Governor’s Office Questions Missing Documents in Supreme Court Candidate Applications

July 31st, 2007 by mopns · 1 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Contact: Jessica Robinson, 573-751-0290

JEFFERSON CITY–Gov. Matt Blunt’s office today raised questions about information in the Supreme Court Candidates’ applications that was withheld by the Appellate Judicial Commission. The commission asserted Friday the applications they delivered to the governor’s office were complete, but a review found that documents were missing or removed from the original applications submitted by the candidates.

The missing documents include one candidate’s statement of judicial philosophy, another candidate’s list of cases as required by the commission and background check authorizations for all three candidates.

“Upon review, we found that the three Supreme Court candidate’s application materials you sent to our office last Thursday were incomplete,” said the Governor’s Chief Counsel Henry Herschel in a letter to Judge Laura Denvir Stith, the chair of the Judicial Appellate Commission.

After initial research that included a request from each candidate for copies of their original application, it became clear that the commission removed or withheld pertinent information from the applications provided to the governor.

Missing documents include:

  • one candidate’s list of cases tried
  • one candidate’s statements of judicial philosophy
  • background check authorization forms for all three candidates
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    • 1 Paul Ground // Jul 31, 2007 at 12:29 pm

      Twelve years of Carnahan-Wilson-Holden left us with a very liberal Supreme Court in Missouri. To the left, appellate courts, particularly courts of last resort, whether state of federal, are simply one more instrument of liberal social policy. Since Missouri’s Democratic Party can’t control either the Governor’s Office or the Legislature, the Supreme Court is their last refuge. They can be expected to engage in any level of obfuscation or chicanery to protect their determined campaign to make sure that the law is read their way.

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