One rule for thee, another for me. We all know people who think and act that way. Many are politicians and public officials. They have exacting standards for everyone outside their circle of power (and hold us to them), but the standards they set for themselves are lower, and they allow themselves a lot of leeway for infractions.
Having a sexual relationship with a client can cloud an attorney's judgment, making the presentation of a rational, dispassionate argument in that client's behalf all but impossible. Plus, it puts undue pressure on the client to acquiesce to one's advances, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase, “How would like to pay for that, cash or credit?”
$111,000. In most parts of West Virginia, you can buy a nice house for less than that. For $300-$500,000, you can get a really nice place … even in Charleston. $111,000 is what was spent to refurbish the office of State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman. That includes more than $8,000 for a sofa – or should we say, divan?
Greed used to be considered a bad thing, a vice. How often have we heard that line from St. Paul's epistle about the love of money being the root of all evil? How many times have parents and teachers reminded us of Aesop's fable about the dog that lost the bone he had while trying to snag another one from his reflection in a stream?
“My heavens!” was our reaction upon learning that a fifth grade boy and his guardian recently filed suit in Putnam Circuit Court against the Putnam County Board of Education for failing to prevent him from injuring his finger while playing football during recess on school grounds at Eastbrook Elementary School a year and a half ago.
It's like a murder mystery in which all the suspects are assembled in one room and the detective grills each of them in turn until he trips one up and has his killer. Each suspect had a motive, each an opportunity, and not one has an alibi. But there's an added twist this time: It turns out that all of the suspects conspired to commit the murder and collaborated in carrying it out. They're all guilty!
WHEELING – Earlier this month, my wife and I accompanied a group of homeschool students to Independence Hall in Wheeling where the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in two cases. The large convention hall on the third floor had been outfitted with a dais where the five justices could sit. In stark contrast with the 19th century decor, the room was filled with cameras, microphones and other telltale signs of 21st century technology. Over 200 students were in attendance.