Richard Teitelman, Missouri’s first legally blind Supreme Court judge, died this week at age 69. Judge Teitelman, chosen by Gov. Bob Holden, began serving on the Supreme Court in March 2002 and served as its chief justice from July 2011 through June 2013. Born in Philadelphia, Teitelman was the first Jewish judge to serve on the state’s high court. Prior to being a judge he worked for twenty five years at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
The MCC staff joins with many other Missourians in mourning his passing and is grateful for his many years of service on behalf of others. Archbishop Carlson issuedthis statement regarding Teitelman’s passing.
The selection of a judge to replace Teitelman is governed by Missouri’s nonpartisan court plan. Under the plan a select committee will oversee the interview process and submit three names to the governor who makes the final selection within sixty days. Because of the timing involved, it is likely that choosing the finalist will fall to governor-elect Eric Greitens.