Bob Watson's article regarding the retirement of former Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., was appropriately titled, "Taking a stand" (Aug. 5) in reference to Judge Price's decision to retire now in order to assure that his successor is appointed to the high court under the current version of the Nonpartisan Court plan, the "Missouri Plan."
This decision reflects his sterling integrity. Judge Price has taken principled stands and has served with high distinction throughout his 20 years of service on the Missouri Supreme Court, including two terms as chief justice. He has been a strong advocate for the drug court program and other approaches of restorative justice which honor the humanity of incarcerated persons and offer redirection for their lives.
Judge Price, a man of deep moral conviction, has been a true advocate for justice in Missouri. I trust that his successor will continue this noble tradition.