In 1940, the people of Missouri adopted “The Missouri Plan” to take judicial selection out of the control of corrupt politicians. Now, 70 years later, big money contributors and special interests are trying to recapture Missouri courts by changing the way judges are selected. Proposed Amendment 3 to the Missouri Constitution is a bad idea that should be defeated.
Prior to 1940 Missouri selected all of its judges in partisan elections. Political bosses controlled the process and controlled the courts. The leader of this effort was the infamous Tom Pendergast from Kansas City. In 1937, men and women from across Missouri came together to restore justice to our courts. They created the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, enacted by a vote of the people in 1940, to remove the courts from the control of partisan political bosses.
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