Panel to pick finalists for spot on Missouri appeals court

Monday, September 14, 2009 | 3:27 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A nominating committee was meeting Monday to select three finalists for an opening on Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District.

Only 14 people applied to replace Judge Booker T. Shaw, who resigned in January.

That appears to be the fewest number of applicants for an appellate court vacancy in recent years, according to figures from the Missouri Supreme Court. The applicants include 10 men and four women.

The Supreme Court originally said there were no minority applicants to replace Shaw, who is black. But the court said Monday that one minority did apply.

Under Missouri's judicial selection method, the Appellate Judicial Commission submits three candidates to Gov. Jay Nixon. He then appoints one to the court. Only the names of the three finalists are made public.


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