West Virginia

166 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

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

Rejecting a widow’s argument that a coal company committed a fraud on the court by withholding information from its own experts supporting her husband’s claim of black lung disease in…

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

A West Virginia lawyer is facing a felony case after allegedly concealing evidence concerning a friend who police say shot a man after a New Year’s Day fight over pizza…

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

A popular West Virginia prosecutor who got too close to the wrong people pleaded guilty on Monday to a federal misdemeanor charge.

Michael Sparks, 44, had proclaimed his innocence early…

Judge charged with battery, faces legal ethics complaint after demanding hospital care for friend

A West Virginia judge was criminally charged with misdemeanor battery Monday after an incident in which he is accused of shouting at a nurse and grabbing her arm while insisting…

Ex-cop was furious at feds, sick and brokenhearted when he shot up courthouse, US Attorney says

A search of the home of a onetime Wheeling, W. Va., police officer after he fired 23 rounds from an assault rifle at a federal courthouse there earlier this month…

3 lawyers probed in ethics case after county judge, prosecutor and magistrate are federally charged

Three West Virginia lawyers are being investigated by legal ethics authorities following federal criminal charges against a now-former Mingo County circuit judge, prosecutor and chief magistrate.

The three attorneys either…

US Attorney says gunman who shot AK-47 at courthouse had ‘general dislike’ of feds

A gunman who fired at AK-47 at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before being shot to death by responding security guards and police probably did not hold…

County prosecutor is charged, resigns, but claims credit for judge’s plea in related corruption case

Until yesterday, a county prosecutor in West Virginia had denied any wrongdoing related to the federal corruption case in which a county judge has already pleaded guilty.

But on Wednesday…

Gunman fires AK-47 at federal courthouse, is shot to death

Updated: A former Wheeling police officer fired multiple shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday, and was then shot in a battle with security officers and local…

Disability lawyer featured on ‘60 Minutes’ takes Fifth during Senate committee hearing

A high-earning Kentucky disability lawyer featured in a 60 Minutes television segment that aired Sunday subsequently took the Fifth during a U.S. Senate committee hearing.

Eric Conn told the Senate…

Embattled judge takes conspiracy plea, resigns from bench and agrees to disbarment

A now-former West Virginia judge accused of two unusual crimes has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in one case in exchange for having charges dropped in another.

Mingo Circuit Judge Michael…

Couple sues indicted judge in state and federal court

A West Virginia judge who was previously indicted on accusations that he tried to prosecute his secretary’s husband for fictitious crimes is now facing new troubles.

Kim and Robert Woodruff…

Judge to take plea in case linked to slain sheriff, US Attorney says; removal of prosecutor sought

A new federal charge has been filed against a West Virginia judge who is now accused of interfering in a federal investigation linked to the slaying of a local sheriff.

Should county prosecutor have done more to rein in now-indicted judge?

You’re the county prosecutor. A local judge is trying to frame a romantic rival for crimes that the man not only didn’t commit but which didn’t occur. What do you…

Defendant attorney in shooting case wants prosecutor booted because he lives in same neighborhood

A West Virginia lawyer charged with attempted murder after a standoff with police at his home–in which he reportedly fired multiple shots but injured no one except himself–is now seeking…

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