St. Louis Public Radio News
10:35 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Missouri Bar recommends two judges not be retained

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Bar has released its evaluation of judges who will be up for retention in November. It's something the bar does every election by asking lawyers who are in the judge's courtrooms for their opinions.

This year, jurors in St. Louis County also weighed in on whether the judge they served should keep their seats.

Three state Supreme Court justices - Stephen Limbaugh, William Ray Clark, and Mary Rhodes Russell - are up for retention this year and all got high marks.

But 73% of the lawyers surveyed said St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Judy Draper should not be retained. And only 50% of lawyers said St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Brenda Stith Loftin should be retained. With Loftin, though, 96% of jurors surveyed said she should be retained.

Election
2006 - Judicial Retention

Missouri Bar survey

State
Supreme Court

Justice

Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Stephen Limbaugh

1104
(89.8%)
126
(10.2%)

William
Ray Price

1,035
(93.2%)
75
(6.8%)

Mary
Rhodes Russell

1,010
(90.8%)
102
(9.2%)

Eastern
District of Missouri

Judge
Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Nannette
Baker
350
(73.1%)
129
(26.9%)

Kenneth
Romines
565
(84.6%)
103
(15.4%)

22nd
Judicial Circuit (St. Louis City)

Circuit
Judge

Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Michael
David
297
(95%)
16
(5%)

Robert
Dierker
311
(90%)
34
(10%)

Jimmie
Edwards
215
(83%)
43
(17%)

John
Garvey
226
(89%)
29
(11%)

Donald
McCullin
142
(87%)
22
(13%)

Joan
Moriarty
153
(69%)
69
(31%)

Margaret
Neill
284
(81%)
65
(19%

Edward
Sweeney
210
(89%)
27
(11%)

22nd
Judicial Circuit (St. Louis City)

Associate
Circuit Judge

Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Paula
Perkins Bryant
100
(74%)
35
(26%)

Elizabeth
Byrne Hogan
143
(87%)
22
(13%)

Michael
Mullen
238
(93%)
19
(7%)

Barbara
Peebles
109
(67%)
53
(33%)

Michael
Stelzer
184
(90%)
20
(10%)

21st
Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County)

Circuit
Judge

Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Richard
Bresnahan
309
(95%)
15
(5%)

Michael
Burton
406
(97%)
13
(3%)

Colleen
Dolan
316
(89%)
40
(11%)

Michael
Jamison
247
(81%)
59
(19%)

John
Kintz
334
(93%)
24
(7%)

David
Vincent
294
(89%)
38
(11%)

21st
Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County)

Associate
Circuit Judge

Yes,
retain

(%)

No,
don't retain

(%)

Patrick
Clifford
194
(58%)
138
(42%)

Barbara
Ann Crancer
303
(81%)
70
(19%)

Judy
Draper
83
(28%)
219
(73%)

Brenda
Stith Loftin
158
(49.7%)
160
(50.3%

Dennis
Smith
247
(77%)
74
(23%)