Camilletti to get his day in court
By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has set a July 19 deadline for written arguments about whether a special panel should decide a Circuit Court judge primary contest.
The court will then consider the written arguments on July 21, according to an order filed Thursday.
David Camilletti, who is 39 votes behind Gray Silver III for the Democratic nomination, asked Gov. Cecil Underwood last month to allow a special three-person panel to preside at the hearing.
On Monday, in a written response, the governor's counsel argued against the request.
Camilletti requested a contest hearing because he has challenged hundreds of Berkeley County ballots from the May 9 primary, as well as procedures involved in the tallying process.
A candidate may contest a primary or election after a canvass and recount have been held, which has happened in Berkeley County.