There were mixed reactions among the Missouri lawmakers when the state's Chief Justice Laura Stith urged the nonpartisan plan for selecting judges.
During a joint session of the General Assembly, the state's highest judge says that the system keeps politics out of judicial selection.
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While the Democrats applauded to the speech of the Chief Justice, a Republican critic charged the system giving too much power to lawyers in selecting judges.
Reporting from Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji.