This site is for St. Louis County, Mo., residents who plan to vote on Nov. 8, 2016
Many of you will vote for the offices at the top of ballot, but ignore the judicial races at the bottom. If history is a guide, up to a quarter of you will skip those races.
That would be a mistake. Ignoring those races, or automatically pulling the “yes” lever, is what has allowed Associate Judge Dale Hood to remain on the bench despite unprecedented opposition from the Missouri Bar. In 2008 and 2012, the poll of lawyers who practiced before Hood gave him a “do not retain” recommendation. In each year, he was the only judge in the state to get that designation.
This year, the Bar rated 49 judges statewide. Forty-four received 100 percent approval from the 21-member panel. Three judges got 95 percent and one got 81. Judge Hood got 5 percent. Anything lower than 50 percent is deemed unworthy of retention. The internals of the poll (right) paint this picture of Judge Hood: He’s unfair, unpleasant and incompetent.
He scored particularly low in professional demeanor, being neutral and using the right law in deciding cases. His lowest score was in treating people in the courtroom with respect. His highest? Starting court on time.
In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Judge Hood, despite receiving thousands of fewer votes than any other judge on the ballot, managed to get majorities.This year, you can change that. Please look the material on this site, including the link the Missouri Bar poll. And if you know anyone who has had experience in his courtroom, talk to them, even if they were winners there.