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Blunt appoints Breckenridge to Supreme Court

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Judge Breckenridge

By AP/KCUR

Nevada, MO. – Governor Matt Blunt has appointed appeals court Judge Patricia Breckenridge to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Breckenridge will replace Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White, who resigned in July.

She was one of three candidates submitted to Blunt by a special judicial selection panel that privately screens applicants for Supreme Court vacancies.

Until today, Blunt had left open the possibility that he might reject the entire slate of candidates.

But the governor says after intensive interview with all three candidates, he believes Breckenridge's judicial philosophy is closest to his own.

"I accept her comments that she believes judges should interpret the law and not try and make the law from the bench and not allow their own personal preferences affect how they interpret the constitution and statutes," Blunt said.

Breckenridge says the written and oral interview process was intense but needed.

"The scrutiny of the governor and the public is warranted in this kind of position, so you just go with the process," Breckenridge said.

Breckenridge was previously appointed to the Appellate Court by Republican Governor John Ashcroft in 1990.

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