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Judge Broadwater honored posthumously

May 03, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The late federal judge W. Craig Broadwater on Wednesday was honored posthumously by leading members of the state's judiciary with the 2007 West Virginia Law Day Liberty Bell Award.

The award was presented by 28th Judicial Circuit judge Gary L. Johnson on behalf of the state's circuit judges and the justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia during a luncheon amid the West Virginia Judicial Association's spring education conference. Johnson is serving a one-year term as president of the association.

Judge Christopher C. Wilkes of the 23rd Judicial Circuit accepted the award in the absence of Broadwater's wife, Chong H. Kang, who was unable to attend, Johnson said after the ceremony.

Four of the state high court's justices spoke at the luncheon, which was held at the Holiday Inn during the West Virginia Judicial Association's spring education conference. The conference is being held in Martinsburg this week. Justice Larry Starcher is recovering from eye surgery and was unable to attend, officials said.

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The Liberty Bell Award honors a person who promotes better understanding of the rule of law, encourages a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility and contributes to good government in the community, according to court officials.

Broadwater, 56, died of cancer in December. He was born in Doddridge County and graduated from West Virginia University in 1972. He served as 1st Judicial Circuit judge in Wheeling, W.Va., from 1983 to 1996, when he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the federal bench in July.

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