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Loughry's family maintains his innocence in letter published by hometown newspaper

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 26, 2019

PARSONS – The family of former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry maintains he is innocent of the federal charges and state disciplinary findings against him.

Ohio Co. judge denies teacher's request for immediate injunction, but says he'll conduct hearing later

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County judge has denied a teacher's request for immediate injunctive relief regarding the county school board's decision to go into executive session to discuss matters related to the recent teacher strike.

Former Justice Benjamin says Bailey & Wyant is a 'good fit for me and for the firm'

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

CHARLESTON – Two years after leaving the state Supreme Court, former Justice Brent Benjamin has joined Bailey & Wyant as an Of Counsel member.

Wheeling teacher says Ohio County school board breaking open meetings laws following walkout

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio County teacher has filed a complaint and restraining order against the county’s school board to keep it from holding “an illegal hearing” this evening following the suspension of the controversial state Senate omnibus education reform bill and another alleged illegal school board hearing last week.

State's largest teacher union also seeks info from Putnam about decision to stay open

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – The state’s largest teacher union has joined the chorus of those seeking information from the Putnam County Board of Education regarding its decision to keep schools open during the recent two-day strike.

Another attorney files second FOIA request about Putnam schools' decision to stay open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – Another attorney has delivered another Freedom of Information Act request to the Putnam County Board of Education.

Hearing board follows JIC's recommendations regarding Loughry's state punishment

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Hearing Board agrees with the Judicial Investigation Commission’s recommendation regarding former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. The board issued its order Feb. 22, just two days after Loughry appeared before the board in a courtroom at the Wayne County Courthouse.

Attorney files FOIA request seeking info about Putnam schools staying open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

WINFIELD – A former attorney for the state Supreme Court has filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the decision by Putnam County’s school superintendent to be the lone system in the state to keep doors open during the recent two-day teacher strike.

Ketchum's federal wire fraud sentencing rescheduled again, now set for March 6

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum’s federal sentencing has been rescheduled for March 6.

Bill that would create intermediate appeals court passes Senate, now waits in House Judiciary

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill that would create an intermediate court of appeals is headed to the House of Delegates after barely passing the state Senate. Senate Bill 266 passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote Feb. 18. It was sent to the House of Delegates and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Loughry signs deal with state to be disbarred, will never seek public office again

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 20, 2019

WAYNE – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has agreed to disbarment and to never seek public office in West Virginia again.

AG's office files civil complaint against teacher, aides accused of abusing special needs students

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 19, 2019

MARTINSBURG – The state Attorney General’s office has filed a civil complaint against three Berkeley County school employees in the aftermath of abuse allegations against special needs students.

Ketchum seeks probation or fine while federal prosecutors want him to serve 6-12 months

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 18, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum’s attorney says his client only should be placed on probation or fined on a federal wire fraud charge.

Founder DiTrapano's legacy lives on despite Charleston law firm's recent name change

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLESTON –DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons has a new name, but the members insist it’s the same law firm. The firm, located in downtown Charleston, now is known as DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress.

Canterbury says damage done by Loughry goes deeper than crimes for which he was convicted

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The former state Supreme Court administrator who was fired days after former Justice Allen Loughry became chief justice says he thinks justice has been served.

Loughry sentenced to two years in prison

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised probation.

State will get more than $300K of national $72.5M Fiat Chrysler emissions settlement

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has finalized a $302,500 settlement with Fiat Chrysler as part of a broader multistate settlement with the auto manufacturer.

CALA says excessive litigation cost state $35M in 2018; trial lawyer group disputes study

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group says excessive tort litigation cost West Virginia more than 3,800 jobs and about $35 million in state and local revenue.

Juror at heart of Loughry's motion seeking new trial upset by allegations: 'We were so fair'

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 11, 2019

CHARLESTON – The juror whose social media usage was the focus of former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s motion seeking a new trial is upset by the accusations.

Federal judge denies another Loughry request for new trial; sentencing set for Feb. 13

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been denied a second request for a new trial. On Feb. 8, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver issued an order related to a sealed motion seeking a new trial. Copenhaver previously denied Loughry’s other request for a new trial last month.

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