SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | Two opponents of Missouri's "nonpartisan" method of appointing some judges will serve on panels that play a crucial role in those appointments.
Sally Hargis has been chosen by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve on a five-member commission that will screen applicants for Greene County Circuit Court seats and nominate finalists to the governor's office.
John Gentry, also of Springfield, was picked by Blunt for a seven-member commission that nominates candidates for the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.
The panel appointments were announced Friday.
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Like Blunt, who is also from Springfield, Hargis and Gentry are strong critics of the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan — the state's widely copied process for selecting judges for appellate courts and some trial courts.