Panel urges removal of St. Louis trial judge -

Panel urges removal of St. Louis trial judge

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A judge in St. Louis is facing possible removal from the bench after a special commission concluded she turned some duties over to her clerks, often showed up late and tried to cover up her destruction of a court document.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri’s Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline has voted to recommend Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles’ removal. The newspaper’s coverage prompted the investigation.

A decision on Peebles’ fate rests with the Missouri Supreme Court.

Peebles’ lawyer, Paul D’Agrosa, disputed the findings in the commission report filed Thursday and said he’ll ask for oral arguments in front of the high court.

Peebles will be suspended without pay pending that hearing, which would not take place for at least two months.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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