State Supreme Court to hear cases at WVU law school

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 12, 2018

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in two cases later this month at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown. 

The justices will hear arguments beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. The doors will open at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, and it also will be webcast on the West Virginia Judiciary website

After a lunch break, the court will reconvene to judge the finals of Baker Cup Moot Court appellate advocacy competition for second-year law students. 

“The Supreme Court looks forward to the WVU College of Law docket every year," Chief Justice Allen Loughry said. "It is our pleasure and our privilege to show the state’s future lawyers first-hand how our appellate system works."

The justices hear an argument docket at the law school every spring. Justice Robin Jean Davis, Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Menis Ketchum are graduates of the College of Law, and Justice Elizabeth D. “Beth” Walker worked in Morgantown for WVU Health Systems before being elected in 2016.

The court will hear the following cases in Morgantown.

Rule 20 Argument 

Holly McIntire v. Kellie Dawn Hope, et al., No. 17-0426 - Petitioner appeals a Circuit Court of Harrison County order denying her request for compensation for her role as personal representative in a wrongful death action. Respondents are beneficiaries of the decedent’s estate who objected to petitioner’s request. 

Rule 19 Argument 

State of West Virginia v. Amber Lee Richardson, No. 16-1064 - Petitioner appeals her jury conviction and life sentence, without mercy, for the felony offenses of accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Petitioner argues that the circuit court erred in refusing to grant a continuance; failing to grant relief for a discovery order violation; admitting gruesome photographs of the victim; refusing to instruct the jury as to lesser included offenses; and cumulative error

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