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%)