News from April 2006

Kanawha students to participate in Supreme Court LAWS project

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 3, 2006

Chief Justice Robin Davis CHARLESTON – Nearly 500 high school students from Kanawha County will attend oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Charleston on April 11-12 as part of the Supreme Court's eighth annual LAWS project.

Supreme Court says Cabell judge abused his discretion

By Steve Korris | Apr 3, 2006

CHARLESTON – If one lawyer gives another a break on a deadline, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled, courtesy requires a break in return.

Raped inmate's case transferred to Kanawha Circuit

By John O'Brien | Apr 4, 2006

CHARLESTON - The case of a man who claims he was raped and harassed in Huttonsville Correctional Center has been transferred from Randolph Circuit Court to Kanawha Circuit Court.

Inmate suing for $18.5 million

By John O'Brien | Apr 4, 2006

Mount Olive Correctional Complex CHARLESTON - A man serving a term of more than 100 years has filed a lawsuit against the State of West Virginia and is seeking $18.5 million in damages.

Law professor among five teachers being honored by WVU Foundation

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 5, 2006

andre douglas pond cummings MORGANTOWN – A professor at West Virginia University's College of Law is among five faculty members being recognized for their efforts as recipients of this year's WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher awards.

Doctor suing hackers

By John O'Brien | Apr 5, 2006

CHARLESTON - A Charleston doctor is suing unknown hackers who she says misidentified themselves as her several times early this year.

Sexual harassment suit filed against Dept. of Corrections

By John O'Brien | Apr 5, 2006

Pruntytown Correctional Center CHARLESTON - Two former inmates at Pruntytown Correctional Center claim they were sexually harassed while incarcerated there.

Woman afraid of dentists counter-sues one

By John O'Brien | Apr 5, 2006

CHARLESTON - A woman with a fear of dentistry has counter-sued her dentist, who claims she did not pay her bill.

St. Albans woman sues neighbor who shot at her roof

By John O'Brien | Apr 5, 2006

CHARLESTON - A St. Albans woman is suing a man charged with shooting her roof three times with a rifle.

Supreme Court closes gaps for kids in abuse and neglect proceedings

By Ann Knef | Apr 5, 2006

As it observes "The Year of the Child," the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has closed gaps in services for children with cases before the Family Courts and Circuit Circuits.

Point Pleasant restaurant sues neighboring church

By John O'Brien | Apr 6, 2006

POINT PLEASANT - Bennigan's Restaurant is suing the Church of Christ in Christian Union over the use of an adjacent parking lot.

Group appeals Berkeley County 300,000 percent tax hike

By John O'Brien | Apr 6, 2006

MARTINSBURG - Sixteen owners of a 320-acre lot in Gerrardstown have filed an appeal of the 2006 tax assessment that caused taxes on the property to increase 300,000 percent in one year.

Trial lawyers lash out at legal fairness study ads

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 6, 2006

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has taken the offensive, calling on radio stations to stop airing ads touting a recent study that ranked the state last in legal fairness.

Authorities raid DiTrapano's home

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 6, 2006

Police vehicles surround the Charleston home of attorney Dante DiTrapano on Thursday. DiTrapano was arrested on crack cocaine charges last month in Florida. CHARLESTON – Local and federal agents raided the home of Charleston attorney Dante DiTrapano on Thursday morning.

Kanawha man files educational malpractice suit

By John O'Brien | Apr 6, 2006

CHARLESTON - A Sissonville High School graduate is suing the Kanawha County Board of Education for not preparing him well enough for life as an adult and is seeking $1 million in punitive damages.

Governor releases April "Open for Business" report

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 6, 2006

Gov. Joe Manchin CHARLESTON - Gov. Joe Manchin on April 3 released the latest in a series of regular "Open for Business" reports, documenting the state's economic progress.

WSJ reports controversy in former MU student's conviction

By Ann Knef | Apr 6, 2006

The baby formula stealing conviction of a former Marshall University student is a dramatic example of the ease with which law enforcement officials can gather foreign intelligence to investigate domestic crimes.

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