West Virginia

Business of Law

Steptoe lays off 32, including 14 attorneys, following energy-price drop

Legal Ethics

Donations to inmates’ prison accounts yield reprimand for West Virginia lawyer

Law Firms

Dinsmore to acquire 40-attorney law firm based in West Virginia

Judiciary

Lawyer defending $91M verdict bought Lear jet from state justice’s husband when case was pending

Legal Ethics

Ex-Dinsmore partner wins dismissal of sex-with-client ethics charges, despite accepting sanction

Criminal Justice

Prosecutor removed from office over domestic case will go into private practice

Judiciary

Judge accused of courthouse sex was ‘seduced and taken advantage of,’  her lawyer says

Juvenile Justice

Truancy crackdown is linked to spike in youth confinement rate in West Virginia

Animal Law

Pit bull gets reprieve from state high court, but this dog was no Lassie, dissent says

Legal Ethics

Lawyer is suspended in third state after police standoff

White-Collar Crime

Ex-judge is sentenced to 4 years in federal corruption case

White-Collar Crime

Feds seek ‘very substantial’ sentence for corrupt judge who had ‘enormous power’ in his county

Criminal Justice

Prosecutor agrees he won’t use corporal punishment to discipline kids in deal to get charges dropped

Education Law

State AG’s suit says school officials punished middle-school students for reporting sexual abuse

Constitutional Law

Disciplining son with a belt is a constitutional right, prosecutor says in bid to get charge tossed

Evidence

Witness-intimidation case against lawyer is dropped

Criminal Justice

300,000 W.Va. residents told not to drink water after chemical leak; US opens criminal probe

Trials & Litigation

4th Circuit rejects widow’s fraud claim over info withheld from defendant’s expert witnesses

Criminal Justice

Lawyer charged as accessory in New Year’s Day shooting, accused of concealing evidence

White-Collar Crime

Ex-prosecutor who proclaimed innocence takes plea in federal misdemeanor case