“On August 13, 2018, the West Virginia House of Delegates broke the law,” charges one of five state Supreme Court justices whose egregious misbehavior prompted the alleged law-breaking by the delegates. “On that day, the House adopted numerous Articles of Impeachment setting the petitioner to stand trial before the West Virginia Senate.”
We know how District Attorney Hamilton Burger of the Perry Mason TV show would react to self-serving but non-exculpatory statements like these. “Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial,” he’d say, and the judge would agree: “Objection sustained.”
Justice Allen Loughry is not the only one under scrutiny during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings. Justice Robin Davis’ “questionable behavior” has prompted one legal reformer to recommend additional lines of inquiry.
More than $40,000 spent on “working lunches” during a five-year period. More than $100,000 spent framing photographs and artwork. More than $1.5 million spent renovating justices’ chambers, one third of which went to Robin Davis’ office alone.
No one would want to go through what Frank McClung went through, but few of the myriad users of Rid-It ever have – which belies his claim that the product was unsafe and lacked instructions for proper use.
There’s something to be said for catharsis, not that anyone looks forward to it. In fact, most people do everything they can to avoid it. But, like banging your head against the wall, it does feel better when you’re through.
Pomp and circumstance have their place. It’s good to show respect for authority figures, even if the persons occupying positions of authority are flawed mortals just like the rest of us, as they always are.
You have to wonder why some people bother going to court. It’s not just a matter of luck like the lottery, where all you have to do is buy a ticket and wait for the results to be announced. The process isn’t automated, self-propelled. You can’t file suit and expect the case to win itself.
Three out of five State Supreme Court justices last week declined to expand West Virginia's products liability law and refused to hold a brand-name drug manufacturer responsible for harm allegedly caused by a generic drug made and sold by another company.
The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8, 1815, two weeks after the signing of the peace treaty ending the War of 1812. If British General Edward Pakenham had had a cell phone, or even a beeper, he might have received notice of the treaty-signing before the battle began and been able to avoid his embarrassing defeat to Andrew Jackson.