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Can punitive damages be cruel and unusual?

The West Virginia Record May 31, 2016, 1:13pm

Most Americans would affirm the common sense legal principle that the punishment should fit the crime, perhaps disagreeing as to what fits and what doesn't in a given case.

Beth Walker wins, and so does West Virginia

The West Virginia Record May 17, 2016, 10:24am

We affirm State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas' contention that “Beth's election guarantees a tough, fair court that should maintain the progress we've made to ensure the lawsuit lottery in our state comes to a stop.”

There's jackpot justice, and then there's jackpot justices

The West Virginia Record May 10, 2016, 7:35pm

Voters going to the polls this week to select a state Supreme Court justice for the next 12 years may have had many motivations. A desire to have a competent, ethical person in that position should have been paramount among them, but less elevated considerations undoubtedly played a part as well, such as party affiliations, personal attachments to one candidate or another, and self-interest.

Dog bites man

The West Virginia Record May 3, 2016, 2:22pm

“Read the comments.” That's good advice when directing friends to a dubious article or hollow commentary on some newspaper websites. The paid staff will often play it safe with a viewpoint that’s strictly vanilla at best. You might direct your friends to read some real information and analysis provided by citizen journalists and unpaid polemicists in the comments below the story.

Engines of discontent

The West Virginia Record Apr. 26, 2016, 10:11am

“Drivers, start your certified-configuration engines!” It just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Manchin and Goodwin are the ones who should be worried

The West Virginia Record Apr. 19, 2016, 9:46am

Story CopyPicture Joe Manchin and Booth Goodwin on the day that Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and assessed a $250,000 fine: what a flurry of back-slapping, fist-bumping, and high-fiving there must have been!

Everyone involved should be punished

The West Virginia Record Apr. 12, 2016, 11:39am

Ten years ago, two case technicians for the Social Security Administration in Huntington noticed something they apparently weren't supposed to notice: that an SSA appeals judge, also in Huntington, habitually was approving the disability claims made by clients of a particular attorney.

New EPA rule seeks end to auto racing

The West Virginia Record Apr. 6, 2016, 7:24am

Nags and scolds. They think they know everything, that they're smarter than everyone else, that they have the right to tell their inferiors – us – what we should and shouldn't do. They worm their way into positions of authority and start issuing prescriptions and prohibitions for our “betterment.”

The end is near for Obama's bullies

The West Virginia Record Mar. 29, 2016, 3:25pm

One of the great joys in life is getting the chance to tell a bully off, but the timing and the circumstances have to be just right or you're liable to suffer the consequences.

Blankenship vs. the Manchin-Goodwin connection

The West Virginia Record Mar. 22, 2016, 1:35pm

It doesn't seem fair that Booth Goodwin must run for governor. The position should be his by right. He thinks he’s earned it. He and his family have been staunch Democrats for decades, loyal supporters of Gov./Sen. Joe Manchin and of Gov./Sen. Jay Rockefeller before him.

What do the Foxes say?

Chris Dickerson Mar. 15, 2016, 12:42pm

“I thought the rabbit droppings in your backyard were Cocoa Puffs and I experienced intestinal distress after eating them.

Another problem with public financing

Chris Dickerson Mar. 8, 2016, 12:12pm

“[T]he public financing of elections – for judgeships or any other positions – is a boondoggle we all should deplore.” That's what we wrote six years ago in an editorial opposing Gov. Joe Manchin's proposal of a public financing pilot project for the two state Supreme Court seats to be contested in the 2012 election.

A bandwagon West Virginia should be on

Chris Dickerson Mar. 1, 2016, 7:48am

Our parents taught us as kids that the mere fact that everyone else is doing something is insufficient reason to justify doing the same thing. It may even be the very reason not to do it. On the other hand, just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean it's wrong or inadvisable. Everyone else may actually be onto something and merit imitation.

The aged politician who won’t go away

The West Virginia Record Feb. 22, 2016, 9:27am

What a glorious day it was, that January day three years ago when Darrell “Quick Draw” McGraw rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking.

Thank you, Justice Scalia

The West Virginia Record Feb. 16, 2016, 10:06am

One of the last acts of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before his death last week was to explain high court’s majority view in granting a stay of the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, pending the outcome of a challenge now being considered by the U.S.

If it was such a hazard, how did everyone else avoid it?

The West Virginia Record Jan. 26, 2016, 8:34am

Story CopySomething's been puzzling us for some time: Where are all the class-action slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall lawsuits?

More taxes sought to balance the budget

The West Virginia Record Jan. 19, 2016, 10:18am

Ever seen a balance scale with just one side? That would be pretty stupid, and useless. After all, a balance scale has two sides – two equal-length arms with equally weighted pans suspended from each – so you can compare a mass of unknown weight to one whose weight is known, thereby determining the weight of the former.

Nothing simply symbolic about defeating asbestos lawsuit fraud

The West Virginia Record Jan. 12, 2016, 9:43am

Some may dismiss it as merely a symbolic gesture, but symbolic gestures can be powerful. They're often prerequisites for subsequent, substantial change. Without those seemingly futile efforts, no genuine reform would follow.

Could be the last year of the War on Coal

The West Virginia Record Jan. 5, 2016, 9:20am

One more year. That's all we've got to endure. One more year of the recklessness that has characterized the current presidential administration. One more year of the long-running war on coal, national prosperity, the U.S. Constitution, and American exceptionalism.

Congress reasserts its authority over the EPA

The West Virginia Record Dec. 8, 2015, 12:25pm

“This week we will join together with the House to send President Obama and the EPA a strong message: No more attacks on coal. No more attacks on domestic energy. No more attacks on the people who produce energy.”