West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals News

Pray ordered to pay in Business Court lawsuit, files bankruptcy

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A man who was ordered in October to pay $1.36 million in a case in West Virginia's Business Court Division filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Supreme Court annuls attorney's license for conduct violations

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals annulled the law license of an attorney it ruled committed multiple violations of the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.

Court letter from D.C. consultant says Loughry lacks humility, should accept responsibility

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Washington, D.C., political consultant says former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry lacks humility and that he should have accepted responsibility for his actions.

Kanawha Circuit judge voids most of 2016 right-to-work legislation

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha Circuit judge has ruled major parts of the state’s 2016 right-to-work law are illegal.

A month after commission interviews, three circuit judge spots remain vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.

Loughry to appeal federal conviction

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 26, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry plans to appeal his federal conviction and sentence. Loughry's attorney John Carr filed a one-sentence Notice of Appeal filed Feb. 26 in federal court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Supreme Court agrees with lower court in family property dispute

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court rightfully denied a motion for consolidation in a case involving two siblings, their uncle and property.

Supreme Court agrees with Kanawha, invalidates woman's purported will

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 21, 2019

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals agreed with Kanawha Circuit Court that a woman's handwritten will is invalid and ordered her estate to be probated as if she died intestate.

State Supreme Court agrees Kroger not liable in woman's fall

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 20, 2019

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision in a lawsuit against Kroger alleging its negligence resulted a woman to fall.

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.

Loughry’s legacy will live on in the (Steve) Canterbury Tales

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 19, 2019

Former state Supreme Court justice is going to prison – and he won’t be lounging on a $32,000 blue suede couch in his cell.

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.

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.

Supreme Court statewide e-filing system to be fully implemented by 2021

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 13, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is on its way to having a fully uniform e-filing system across all 55 counties over the next few years.

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