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'Justice Robin Jean Davis cordially invites you to join her for a Cocktail Buffet ...'

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 27, 2018

Have you ever been invited to dine at Justice Robin Davis' home? No? Neither have we. We hear she lays out a sumptuous spread, though, as exemplified by the dinner she hosted for circuit court judges at her home in the fall of 2013. Among the many delectable buffet items to nosh on were asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, artichoke tartlets, seared tuna on sesame crackers, pork tenderloin with apricot chutney, roasted red pepper and mushroom and artichoke pasta, and leek and pancetta and mushroom panzanella.

Winking at McGraw, scowling at Morrisey

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 20, 2018

Ever since the departure of the previous state attorney general, whom they let do as he pleased for 20 years, the West Virginia ​​​​​House of Delegates has feigned concern that the reformer who replaced him might run amok. “Ironic” doesn't half describe it.

West Virginia is going in the right direction

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 13, 2018

“We all want progress,” C.S. Lewis once observed, “but. if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

Moving closer to an intermediate appellate court

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 6, 2018

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended passage of the intermediate appeals court bill to the full senate with several amendments.

Let's make our state more appealing

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 30, 2018

How can you not like something that's inherently appealing? Like an appeals court. Not the state Supreme Court we already have, but an intermediate appellate court in-between our state's supreme and circuit courts. Like the appeals courts that exist in our federal judicial system and in all state judicial systems but those of West Virginia and eight other outliers.

The war on coal ain't over 'til it's over

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 23, 2018

It was a happy day in mining country last fall when Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump Administration would scrap the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the onerous emission standards purposefully designed to shutdown the coal industry.

Our Supreme Court alleges it is committed to 'sound fiscal management'

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 16, 2018

“The West Virginia Supreme Court is committed to sound fiscal management and administration of the judicial branch of government and takes its commitment to state taxpayers seriously.” Ha ha ha, ho ho ho, hee hee hee! Stop it, you're killing us!

One rule for us, another for Lois Lerner

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 9, 2018

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.

Where there's smoke, there's fire – and the Supreme Court warehouse is smoking

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 2, 2018

Judging by the way defendants plead in court cases, you'd have to conclude that virtually everyone is innocent. That's because the guilty frequently plead not guilty.

What a charming personality: quick to criticize and quick to take offense

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 19, 2017

No one, including presidents, should criticize judges, but judges can say whatever they want about anybody, including presidents, and that's okay.

Our state Supreme Court justices hold us in contempt

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 5, 2017

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael's call for a constitutional amendment to give the Legislature authority over the state Supreme Court's budget is gaining support daily as details emerge regarding its extravagant expenditures.

Slick Mr. H got a free defense with fringe benefits

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 28, 2017

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?”

The arrogance of our Supreme Court justices is astounding

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 21, 2017

$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?

Why do slip-and-fall hazards claim so few victims?

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 14, 2017

The funny thing about slip-and-fall accidents is, there's rarely a pile-up. It's usually one alleged victim, even when the alleged hazard has persisted for some time.

Some people are never satisfied

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 8, 2017

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?

Attention, Walmart shoppers: check the expiration dates

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 1, 2017

When you're at the supermarket, do you open a cartons of eggs before adding it to your basket to make sure none are cracked? Do you reach for a jug of milk at the back of the cooler, assuming it will be fresher?

Time to stop acting like ninnies

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 24, 2017

“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.

Voices heard on the end of the war on coal

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 17, 2017

The war on coal​ is officially over. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week that the Trump Administration is abandoning the Clean Power Plan that was created to cripple the coal industry in America.

Judge Davis's dubious dissent

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 10, 2017

You ever listen to what people say – really listen – and find yourself scratching your head, trying to figure out what on earth they were trying to communicate?

Morrisey helps recover another half million in state funds

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 3, 2017

Remember how Darrell McGraw spent two decades as state attorney general using public funds for self-promotion and aw​​​​​arding contingency contracts to cronies?

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