Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.
Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.
During his time on the Supreme Court, Price was a staunch supporter of Missouri’s drug courts and argued the state puts too many non-violent offenders in prison.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman spoke with the judge about why it’s important to seek alternatives to prison and other issues facing Missouri courts.
Judge William Ray Price, Jr. vacates the Missouri Supreme Court effective Aug. 1, so someone will need to replace him.
Today, the the Appellate Judicial Commission released the names and demographic information of those vying for the position.
Interviews will begin Oct. 10, and from these 18 applicants, the Commission will select three people to recommend to Gov. Nixon. The public is allowed to view the interviews in October.
Will be updated.
Updated 4:42 with Price's full resignation letter.
Updated 4:10 p.m. statement from Gov. Nixon
Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price, Jr. is to resign, according to Supreme Court Communications Counsel Beth Riggert.
The resignation will become effective Aug. 1. Price says he will return to the private practice of law.
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