Commission announces nominees for Court of Appeals, Eastern District, vacancy

9 December 2005


Commission announces nominees for Court of Appeals, Eastern District, vacancy


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Supreme Court of Missouri
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ST. LOUIS – Michael A. Wolff, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri and chair of the Appellate Judicial Commission, announced today that the commission has submitted to Gov. Matt Blunt its panel of nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. The vacancy exists due to the August 29, 2005, death of Judge Lawrence G. Crahan.


The panel consists of the Honorable Roy Richter, Melinda Sanderson and Thomas Weaver.


Richter is an associate circuit Judge in Montgomery County, which is part of the 12th Judicial Circuit. He was born July 14, 1950, in St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and his law degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Richter lives in Montgomery City, Missouri.


Sanderson is the sole practitioner of the Sanderson Law Firm in St. Louis. She was born July 9, 1950, in Mayfield, Kentucky. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1971 and her master’s degree in 1972 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and her law degree in 1985 from Washington University in St. Louis. Sanderson lives in St. Louis.


Weaver is an attorney at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis. He was born October 26, 1951, in St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1974 from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1978 from Saint Louis University. Weaver lives in Glendale, Missouri.


Gov. Blunt has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy.  If the governor should fail to do so, the Missouri constitution directs the commission to make the appointment.


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