The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether criminal defendants can be required to pay cash to be released from jail before trial.
Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.
Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.
Defenders of Missouri's method of selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system.
The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.
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