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January 2, 2015

EDITORIAL: Was the WV Supreme Court Manipulated?


In a New Year’s Day editorial, the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail asks if the state Supreme Court’s recusal system was manipulated in a high-profile case highlighted in a national ABC News report.

“Just days after winning a $90 million verdict in the notorious ManorCare nursing home case … Michael Fuller, the Mississippi-based attorney for the plaintiffs, hired Paul Farrell, a partner at Justice Menis Ketchum’s former law firm,” explains the editorial, noting that Ketchum then recused himself from the case.

The ABC report implied that Fuller hired Farrell “for the purpose of removing Justice Ketchum from the case” because Ketchum “had taken a strong position” in favor of a $500,000 cap on punitive damage awards.

The editorial concludes that the conduct of all the lawyers involved should cause West Virginians to ask if the state’s “justice system had been gamed” by a “distasteful manipulation” of the Supreme Court.

Read the full editorial here.

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