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170 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

Divided federal appeals court affirms ruling against former state justice regarding juror’s Twitter use

An en banc federal appeals court split 6-6 Thursday in an appeal by a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was seeking a hearing on a juror’s Twitter use during his fraud trial.

State chief justice says world needs ‘healthy dose of civility,’ seeks comment on lawyer oath change

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has tentatively added a civility pledge to the state's lawyer oath.

Afternoon Briefs: These law schools are best for BigLaw placement; paralegal claims quarantine led to firing

Go-to law schools are named

Columbia Law School is once again in the top spot on Law.com’s list of go-to law schools. The list ranks law schools that send the…

Lawyer who fled US pleads guilty after he’s accused of repeatedly billing state for over 24 hours per day

A suspended West Virginia lawyer who fled the country has pleaded guilty to a felony charge after being accused of overbilling for criminal defense work.

California federal court joins others in delaying jury trials amid rise in COVID-19 cases

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases prompted the federal court in San Francisco to announce Thursday that it would postpone jury trials until October.

4th Circuit revives suit against police in shooting death and says, ‘This has to stop’

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against police officers in the shooting death of a homeless black man who was stopped for failing to walk on the sidewalk.

County magistrate is suspended for ‘belligerent and coercive behavior’ over trout fishing citation

A county magistrate in West Virginia has been suspended for 90 days for a “flagrant attempt to intimidate” officers issuing a citation for exceeding the limit on trout fishing.

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…

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