Judge’s Ouster Sought

A Missouri judicial commission has recommended the removal of a St. Louis judge who has drawn broad criticism for some practices, including allowing clerks to perform some of her duties.

An attorney for Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles disputed the commission’s findings and will fight the recommendations to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will decide the judge’s fate. A 25-page report filed Thursday by Missouri’s Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline contains allegations that Peebles abdicated her judicial responsibilities to her clerks, frequently showed up late and removed and destroyed a court document, then tried to cover it up. The commission found Peebles guilty on five counts and not guilty on four counts. Five members of the commission recommended her removal. The sixth recommended a six-month suspension.