This alternative bill codifying the state Supreme Court rule guaranteeing appeals as a matter of right seems like a step in the right direction. Whether or not it obviates the need for an intermediate court, however, is debatable – and should be debated.
A bill to establish an intermediate appellate court was introduced again last week at the opening session of the Legislature. In his address to the assembly, Gov. Jim Justice endorsed the measure and encouraged the lawmakers to pass it.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....” Though the First Amendment protects our right to follow our faiths, courts have often misinterpreted it to justify restrictions on religious freedom.
Morrisey was on the scene last week when acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a proposed change that “would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies.”
“The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals experienced a tumultuous year with justices being charged with unnecessary and lavish spending of taxpayer dollars, followed by the Legislature calling for impeachment of all five justices,”said ATRA President Tiger Joyce.
Assuming the needle wasn’t planted there, you have to wonder how Taco Bell employees could have prevented some other patron or non-paying person from leaving it behind, or be discovered in time to harmed no one else.
The Powerball jackpot was up to $700 million and it was the last day to buy a ticket. A set of numbers popped into your head: a combination of your age, your IQ, etc. Or maybe it was completely random, but something told you that this was your lucky day.
Prior to his recent retirement, 79-year-old Big Jim Hatfield had been Mingo County Clerk for 16 years. He assumed the position in 2002 at the age of 63, right about the time most people are retiring. Prior to that, he was a county commissioner and deputy sheriff. He is well known throughout Mingo County and the rest of southern West Virginia.
Yes, Allen Loughry, the convicted and suspended state Supreme Court justice who looked like he’d never leave, is finally gone – from the Court, at least – but he’s liable to dominate headlines in state and local media for months to come.
Though they might ordinarily affirm the maxim that justice delayed is justice denied, our three convicted, suspended, and/or retired state Supreme Court justices seem none too eager to have justice applied to them. Perhaps they’re in no hurry and don’t mind waiting.
Thanks, in part, to Sen. Joe Manchin, Brett Kavanaugh is now a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Forty-nine other senators voted to confirm, but Manchin was the only Democrat. Still, if Manchin had voted no, Vice President Mike Pence could have broken the tie.
“Candy-coated popcorn, peanuts, and a prize – that’s what you get in Cracker Jack!” Kids today may not be familiar with that sing-song slogan, but Baby Boomers remember it well, even if they haven’t eaten any in years for fear of breaking teeth or dentures.