West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals News

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.

Supreme Court says lower court rightfully dismissed complaint against Greenbrier Sheriff's Department

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 11, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by a lower court that granted a motion to dismiss and denied a motion for a new hearing in a case against the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department for alleged wrongful disclosure of confidential financial information.

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.

Walker touts new financial policies and the 'new' state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 8, 2019

CHARLESTON – The “new” state Supreme Court has new policies, and the chief justice wants the public to see them.

Loughry disciplinary hearing rescheduled again; Ketchum sentencing to be moved once again

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A state Judicial Hearing Board hearing about former Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been rescheduled for a second time. And, the federal sentencing for former Justice Menis Ketchum will be rescheduled once again.

Months after reinstatement, diTrapano becomes partner at Charleston firm

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – Less than six months after having his law license reinstated, Dante diTrapano has become a partner at a prominent Charleston law firm.

Commission sends four finalists to governor for Raleigh Circuit vacancy

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 31, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission sent the names of four possible replacements on Raleigh Circuit Court to Gov. Jim Justice.

Supreme Court suspends Welch attorney for three months

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 30, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals suspended a Welch attorney for three months after a client made a complaint against her.

WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT: Chief Justice to speak at Fayette Judge’s Investiture

By Press release submission | Jan 29, 2019

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker speak at the ceremonial investiture of Thomas H. Ewing, a judge in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (Fayette County), at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 28, in the Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville. T

‘Nip it in the bud!’

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 29, 2019

That’s what Deputy Barney Fife would blurt out on “The Andy Griffith Show” whenever a citizen of Mayberry would step out of line just a bit.

The state Supreme Court gets the message

By Hoppy Kercheval | Jan 29, 2019

CHARLESTON – Breaking news: The other day, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker and Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins were having lunch together in the cafeteria in the basement of the state Capitol, and they paid for their own meals!

Charleston attorney suspended for 3.5 years after offering legal advice for Go Fund Me money

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 26, 2019

CHARLESTON — A Charleston attorney's law license has been suspended for three and one-half years after stealing money from a youth soccer league's account and later attempting to raise funds via Go Fund Me in exchange for legal advice.

Supreme Court annuls Charles Town attorney's law license for sexual harassment of client

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 26, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals annulled the law license of a Charles Town attorney after he was convicted of a crime.

Survey says most residents want intermediate court, trial lawyers group calls it unnecessary

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 25, 2019

CHARLESTON – A recent survey by a legal reform group shows that a majority of West Virginia residents support the idea for an intermediate court of appeals. Meanwhile, a group for trial attorneys continues to say the new court isn’t necessary.

Let the debate on an intermediate court of appeals continue

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 23, 2019

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.

Applicants named for three circuit court vacancies across state

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission has named applicants for three circuit judge positions.

House proposal would force a runoff in Supreme Court races

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 17, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill forcing a runoff if no candidate for a state Supreme Court seat garners 40 percent of the vote in the election is headed to the House of Delegates.

Bill to make state Supreme Court appeals guaranteed by law passes House

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 17, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill codifying the state Supreme Court’s rule guaranteeing appeals as a matter of right unanimously has passed the House of Delegates and is headed for the Senate. And one House leader – as well as the leader of a group for trial lawyers – thinks the bill answers concerns about the need for an intermediate appellate court.

Federal sentencing dates for former justices Loughry, Ketchum postponed until February

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 16, 2019

CHARLESTON – The federal sentencing dates for two former state Supreme Court justices have been delayed until February.

How long must we wait for an intermediate appellate court?

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 14, 2019

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.

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