Panel Meets in Secret to Consider Next Supreme Court Judge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A special panel is meeting in secret Tuesday to begin interviewing candidates to become a Missouri Supreme Court judge.

While various groups in government conduct certain business behind closed doors, they generally are still required to provide public notice of when and where they're meeting privately.

The special judicial panel isn't doing that. The court contends it is not subject to the state's open meetings law.

The deadline to apply for the Supreme Court vacancy was July ninth. But the court has refused to release any information about the applicants -- even concealing how many people applied.

The panel is charged with selecting three nominees, and Governor Blunt then must choose from that list.

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