Hon. Sandra Farragut-Hemphill See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
St. Louis County
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Sandra Farragut-Hemphill


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MO353
Completely illogical and slanted verdict. Failed to Include the facts that didn't support her slanted and erroneous view. Children's lives are adversely effected by this is judge. Vote her out. She came within 11% of losing the last election in 2014. Now we are stuck with her until 2022.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MO311
I found her to be incompetent, arrogant and rude. Her ruling was inconsistent with facts presented. Very biased without rational reason as to why.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MO292
Case took 2 years, lazy, does not take facts into consider, illogical and irrational judgments.
She needs to be voted out.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MO282
Does not apply law correctly, does not take facts into consideration, poor docket management.


Comment #: MO255
I hate that I have to submit this anonymously, but I cannot trust anyone in the justice system anymore. I post here, because I do not know what else to do.

In short, I was denied my right to have my case heard by Judge Sandra Farragut-Hemphill, in no small part because she simply did not wish to take the time to hear it. A trumped-up charge brought by the defendant was used as an excuse to bully me into dropping my case, so that she could take an earlier lunch. I know this, in part, because I overheard her, in open court, discussing how full her afternoon schedule was with another person in the courtroom before communicating, through my attorney, and in language that was no doubt intended to hide her real motivation for putting off my expensive and patient pursuit of my case, that it would be worse for me if I did not agree to walk away.

If there were a legitimate route for prosecuting this atrocious excuse for a judge for malpractice -- or whatever the legal equivalent of denying someone their rights is -- I would pursue it in a heartbeat and press her for all the damages I was trying to reclaim in her court (and then some), but I am completely broke, having spent the last of my funds and considerable time pursuing my case already. (The original damages were well in excess of what could be described as grand larceny, according to Wikipedia.)

At no time did she ever suggest that the case be rescheduled, or handled in some other way. She simply would not give any credence to what I had to say, or what actually happened, because she is, in brief, lazy. If it is her job to defend the rights of others, and she refuses to do so, what should happen to her? If I do not do my job, is it not grounds for me to be fired, at the very least?

What makes this even more outrageous, besides the years that I had to wait to have my case heard and the funds put towards it, is that I am confident that I had the defendant dead to rights, that the law on this matter was solidly on my side, and that any reasonable judge would have found in my favor with room to spare.

Thank you for reading this. I hope that it helps avert further disappointment and damage to the reputation of a justice system in which I can no longer believe.