West Virginia

144 ABA Journal articles on West Virginia.

Trump nominates 9 to federal court vacancies

Updated: Nine more nominees for federal judgeships were announced Tuesday by the White House.

The newest wave of nominees are:

• Mark Bennett, former attorney general of Hawaii, to…

Justice Department creates in-house team to monitor accuracy of forensic testimony in criminal cases

The Justice Department has created an internal team led by a former state prosecutor to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony in criminal cases over an outside advisory group of…

Federal judge rejects plea deal in drug case, says trial can reveal ‘dark details’ of opioid crisis

A federal judge in West Virginia has refused to accept a plea deal in a drug case in hopes a trial will reveal “the dark details of drug distribution and…

Lawyer accused of overbilling state is on the lam, but follows prosecutor on Twitter

A West Virginia lawyer accused of billing the state for work never performed didn’t show up for his arraignment last summer, but he is following an assistant prosecutor on Twitter.

Lawyer accused of billing over 24 hours in a day suspended; but official said others were worse

West Virginia’s top court imposed a two-year suspension on a lawyer who submitted bills for court-appointed work for more than 24 hours a day on two different occasions.

The sanction…

Judge is suspended for campaign ad that was ‘in every sense, materially false’

A West Virginia judge has been suspended for two years and fined $15,000 for a campaign flier purporting to show his election opponent partying with President Barack Obama.

The Supreme…

Lawyer’s ‘free legal tips’ for clueless defendants are based on experience

West Virginia lawyer L. Scott Briscoe says he’s learned a few things during his 19 years of law practice. And he’s sharing those lessons on Facebook with a series of…

West Virginia law school will offer tuition break for nonresidents—under one condition

After an enrollment decrease, the West Virginia University College of Law is extending its in-state annual tuition of $16,000 to some nonresidents, beginning next fall.

To qualify for this “Loyalty…

Lawyer who fired gun in police standoff wants to switch to criminal law

A one-time government lawyer who defeated charges related to a police standoff wants to switch to criminal defense work.

Mark Bramble, accused of firing nearly 50 rounds from his…

Former mining CEO is sentenced to prison in safety case

A former mining executive has been sentenced to a year in prison for a misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal mine safety regulations.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, the daughter of…

Legal assistant who deposited $300K in law firm payments to own account takes mail fraud plea

A former legal assistant at a West Virginia law firm who deposited payment checks to her own personal account pleaded guilty to mail fraud Thursday in federal court in Martinsburg.

Law firm raided by FBI overbilled clients, says fired ex-clerk in federal lawsuit

Updated: A former clerk for a West Virginia law firm says in a federal lawsuit that she blew the whistle on alleged overbilling of clients by Martin & Seibert, which…

Corporate defense lawyer’s suit against DuPont exposed decades of pollution and redefined his career

Rob Bilott had a good job at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. As an associate in the firm’s environmental division, he defended large chemical companies from litigation. In 1998,…

Lawyer accused of revealing confidential informant’s name to her client; info was then posted online

A West Virginia lawyer has been ordered to show cause why she should not be held in contempt of court for allegedly giving a client a copy of a packet…

CEO convicted of misdemeanor in rare safety prosecution after coal mine explosion kills 29

A rare prosecution of a coal mining executive, following a 2010 explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people, brought a mixed verdict from a federal jury in Charleston on…

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