Today's Joplin Globe offers a new tidbit of information concerning the DWI case against Jasper County Presiding Commissioner Chuck Surface.
According to the Globe article, Surface's lawyer, Charles Genisio, is asking for a change of judge, saying he wanted to go before Judge Stephen Carlton, rather than Judge Joseph Schoeberl. Genisio told the Globe the request was made for "convenience" because he works a lot of cases before Judge Carlton.
Of course, it could also be because Schoeberl has a reputation for being tough with drunk drivers. Missouri makes it fairly routine for these change-of-judge requests to be granted. That is unfortunate.