West Virginia

163 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

Lawyer accused of billing more than 24 hours per day is found in Nicaragua
Authorities have arrested a suspended Charleston, West Virginia, lawyer who went on the lam in 2016 after he was accused of billing the state for indigent defense work that he didn’t perform.
Law firm employee who reported suspected overbilling can’t sue for wrongful discharge, court says
An accounts receivable clerk who was fired from her law firm job after reporting suspected overbilling can’t sue for wrongful discharge, according to West Virginia’s top court.
How do the states stack up? Lawyers make the most and least money in these areas
Lawyers make the lowest average salary in Montana and the highest average salary in California, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Afternoon Briefs: James Comey’s daughter prosecutes Epstein; cop accused of planting drugs in cars

A daughter of former FBI Director James Comey is one of the lead prosecutors in the federal sex trafficking case against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Maurene Comey is an assistant…

ACLU sues state police, alleging they’re acting as immigration authorities
Pennsylvania State Police troopers have routinely violated the law by stopping and holding people based solely on their Latino appearance, terrifying drivers and passengers while usurping federal authority to investigate supposed immigration violations, the ACLU claims in a federal lawsuit filed recently.
Fracking companies lost on trespassing, but a court just gave them a different win
A week after the West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the property rights of landowners battling one natural gas giant, the same court tossed out a challenge filed by another group of landowners against a different natural gas company.
Special veterans courts see little money, little demand
Eric Gonzalez says he doesn’t remember getting pulled over, nor does he remember evading his arrest in Fullerton, California. The only thing he knows is that he woke up very hungover and faced up to nine years in prison for assaulting a police officer, along with five other charges.
Former state justice gets 2-year prison sentence; he used government credit card to buy gas

Former Justice Allen H. Loughry II of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has been sentenced to two years in prison for a conviction mostly stemming from his…

Misleading GoFundMe appeal with offer for free legal advice leads to lawyer’s suspension

A Charleston, West Virginia, lawyer who set up a misleading GoFundMe page to fund his transition to solo practice has been suspended from law practice.

The West Virginia Supreme Court…

Decision blocking state chief justice’s impeachment trial violates guarantee clause, cert petition says

West Virginia lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision blocking the impeachment trial of the state’s chief justice.

The West Virginia House of Delegates filed the…

Voters elect Arkansas justice who sued over ads; 2 West Virginia justices appointed after turmoil

Tumultuous Supreme Court races in Arkansas and West Virginia have ended with wins for the incumbents.

West Virginia’s top court bars impeachment trial of chief justice on constitutional grounds

The West Virginia Senate is objecting to an order of the state’s top court blocking a justice’s impeachment trial on constitutional grounds.

W. Va. justice acquitted in impeachment vote as colleague’s criminal trial begins

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Beth Walker will remain on the bench after state senators acquitted her 32-1 in an impeachment trial on Tuesday.

Walker was acquitted during…

Impeached West Virginia justice files federal suit alleging a ‘power grab’

A justice on West Virginia’s top court who resigned after being impeached has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the effort to remove her was motivated by dislike of her views…

Former justice on West Virginia’s top court pleads guilty to wire fraud
A former justice on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals has pleaded guilty to a single felony count of wire fraud for personal use of a state vehicle.

Menis Ketchum, 75, pleaded guilty Thursday in a probe sparked by an outcry over $3 million in spending on renovations of Supreme Court justices’ offices, report Courthouse News Service, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the Associated Press and a press release.

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