Thursday, December 27, 2007

More Dissents With Dignity

The back-and-forth between justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals continues with another shot across the bow that suggests that the last word has not been uttering among the warring justices. Money quote:

"Starcher, J., dissenting:

            I have read, and re-read, and re-re-read, the majority's opinion. I don't know what was in the Kool-Aid they were drinking, but I believe that the opinion is one of the most factually misleading and legally pernicious cases to be produced by this Court. "

Perhaps the court could benefit from yoga, a justices-only retreat or a therapy session. The ongoing attacks certainly cannot promote respect for the judiciary. (Mike Frisch)

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Does West Virginia elect judges? I assume so, because what you report seems like so much public posturing to me. But you are right that the inevitable result is undermining the legitimacy of the apparently impartial judiciary. That is quite a danger.

I see your retreat idea and raise you this: they should have to sing Cum By Yah around a campfire.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Dec 27, 2007 4:01:11 PM

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