Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement, after receiving notification from Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. that he will be stepping down from the bench:
"For 20 years, Judge Price has served the people of Missouri as a member of the state's highest court with honor and integrity. He has demonstrated true leadership in addressing the challenges faced by Missouri's justice system, working to protect public safety, contain costs and ensure the fair application of the law. I wish Judge Price well in the next part of his life and career."