Jeff Roe's blog, the Source, "leaked" the names of folks who applied for the Supreme Court. He knows it violated Missouri Supreme Court rules because Roe refuses to identify "VERY RELIABLE SOURCE." To make it even more embarrassing, he has reduce the highest court in Missouri to a sweet 16 bracket and encouraged betting on the outcome - complete with a $50 prize. Is this what we want our state to look like? Is this what the lawyer/Republican politicians who employ Jeff Roe envision for our state?
Missouri Supreme Court Rule 10.28 bars revealing the names of lawyers who have applied for the Supreme Court. Why - "No publicity shall be given by the commission of the names of persons under consideration for nomination for the reason that such publicity would tend to keep well qualified lawyers from permitting themselves to be considered and might encourage unqualified persons to enter their names to obtain public notice." We don't want publicity hounds to throw their name in the hat. We do want highly qualified candidates to apply without fear of their legal practice being shut down because they might make the Supreme Court.
Applying to the Supreme Court is not a zoo, it is a big deal. President Bush doesn't reveal everyone he considered for the Supreme Court, because this is a highly dignified office. Turning it into a betting pool is not what we teach our children in civics classes.
Jeff Roe works at or rents from the law firm of Lathrop & Gage. They share the address of 2345 Grand. Jeff Roe has an internal phone number with Lathrop & Gage. Roe’s role there is unclear, but he has use of the L & G postage meter. On Congressman Sam Graves’ financial disclosure, he reimburses L & G for phone charges. Sam Graves for Congress is headquartered at L & G and has the same address. The treasurer for Graves is a L & G lawyer.
Lathrop & Gage is a proud firm with an impressive list of clients. One of the members of the Missouri Supreme Court was Lathrop partner appointed by then Governor Ashcroft. One of the Jackson County Circuit judges was a Lathrop attorney appointed by a Democratic governor.