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Judge says Silver won Berkeley judge race

September 21, 2000

Judge says Silver won Berkeley judge race



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - With a strong admonition to Berkeley County officials to review their election procedures, a Circuit Court judge Thursday upheld the results of a contested judge race in May.

Visiting Circuit Court Judge Alan Moat issued a written decision Thursday upholding a decision by the Berkeley County Commissioners that Gray Silver III, defeated David Camilletti in a race for a Circuit Court judgeship.

Camilletti had listed irregularities in the ballot counting process he said should invalidate the election. Moat said problems had occurred, but there was no fraud and any mistakes made by election officials should not invalidate the election.

Moat wrote, however, "The court strongly urges ... the Berkeley County Commission and Berkeley County Clerk to conduct a meaningful review of election procedures and initiate such changes as necessary to insure public confidence in the entire election process."

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The county commissioners Thursday afternoon agreed to hold a work session on election problems.

"We probably could do better on the day of the election," said the commissioners' attorney Norwood Bentley III. "There are some things that are required by law that we aren't doing."

The work session will include officials from the Democratic and Republican parties. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

Camilletti reiterated his determination to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

"It was a well-written decision," he said. "We just happen to have a difference of opinion about the conclusion."

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