The headline above is a reworking of a line from Augustine’s "Confessions" that succinctly summarizes a regretful roué’s desire (and reluctance) to give up a life of vice: “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.” Change two words and you capture the attitude of some judges toward online access to court records.
“We ask that you become familiar with and abide by the rules below and view the Sky Zone rules video and signage in park and at the Safety Zone. Remember, stay in your comfort zone. Do not attempt any activity, flip, jump, or trick you don’t think you can handle.”
Remember the hilarious response of state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman to the justified outrage when West Virginians found out about her and her fellow justices’ lavish use of taxpayer funds to make themselves more comfortable at our expense?
It’s clear from the increasing prevalence of such cases, however, that our licentious culture is toxic, encouraging adults and the young people they should be protecting to see each other as objects of their sexual fantasies.
Loughry has the right to appeal, just as we all do, but he also has the option to confess his guilt and start making reparations for the harm he’s done. He could set an example for the rest of us, in case we ever transgress the rules of right behavior. That would make him more appealing.
The federal investigation of possible wrongdoing by our state Supreme Court justices, which began more than two years ago, finally is over. Unless, of course, it starts up again, which is also a possibility.
Walmart patron awarded $17 million after shoplifter knocked her down
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.
In short, if you want to make a third-party bad-faith claim, just say the third party’s not a third party.
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.
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.