Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Dear Howard --
Thank you for not rejecting me as an interviewee because you were dissatisfied with the amount of effort or interest that my answers seemed to reflect.
I must come clean with my answer to Question No. 9
9. Missouri is not the only State that uses the title of "Judge," rather than "Justice," for those who serve on the State's highest court. But on the New York Court of Appeals, the presiding jurist is known as "Chief Judge," while on your court, everyone is known as "Judge" except for the "Chief Justice." What is the history of your court's system of titles, and what sense, if any, does it make for a court to consist of six Judges and one Chief Justice?
There is really no significance to whether we are called "judges" or "justices." We are all here to serve the public fairly.
While my answer may have seemed condescending, I am secretly writing a book on the subject, "Honor and Pride: Demystifying the Judge/Justice/Chief Justice Distinction in the Missouri Courts." Obviously, I did not want to let the cat out of the bag just yet.
Judge (not Justice) Teitelman