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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 25, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, in a 3-2 decision this week, agreed to hear further arguments on a man's appeal of a second-degree murder conviction for the shooting death of Ronald K. Kidrick in a motel parking lot in 2005. In January 2007, Edward C. Grimes, 27, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the July 2005 shooting death of Ronald K. Kidrick of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Grimes' attorney, John P. Adams of the 23rd Judicial Circuit's public defender's office, appealed the case to the high court, alleging there was misconduct before the grand jury, evidentiary error, insufficient evidence to allow the jury to consider first-degree murder and a disproportionate sentence, among other challenges.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 1, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA.-The cost of a speeding ticket conviction in Berkeley County recently inched a little higher, and motorists found guilty of a second citation will have to pay substantially more in court costs alone. At the behest of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, magistrates across the state have been directed to charge $160.50 in court costs per conviction, not per ticket. For a two-citation conviction, such as speeding and failure to properly signal, a motorist will be ordered to pay $321 in court costs, not including the actual fines.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Sen. John Yoder said on Tuesday that he will decide by Dec. 1 as to whether he will seek another four-year term. Yoder, R-Jefferson, also confirmed that he intends to form an exploratory committee to gauge a possible bid for a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the state's high court. Yoder, 56, was first elected to the State Senate in 1992. In 1996, the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., attorney unsuccessfully campaigned for a seat on the high court.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2012
A Berkeley County judge has been assigned to hear a state Supreme Court case involving a pilot public campaign-funding program that he said in December he would comply with when he was mulling a possible 2012 election bid for the high court. Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, along with fellow state trial judges James P. Mazzone (1st Circuit) and J. Lewis Marks Jr. (15th Circuit), were assigned to the public campaign-funding case involving Republican state Supreme Court candidate Allen H. Loughry II last week, according to court documents.
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June 2, 1997
The battle over a contested seat on the Berkeley County Commission has gotten almost complicated to follow without a crib sheet. Just when we believed it was settled, a citizen group plans to challenge the election a second time. Their challenge comes too late, we believe and West Virginia's highest court should reject it. First, some background: In the November 1996 commisssion election, Republican Howard Strauss beat Democrat Robert Burkhart by 157 votes. Burkhart challenged the election, saying that the West Virginia Constitution says two commissioners cannot be "elected from" the same district, and that Commissioner D. Wayne Dunham lived in Strauss's district at the time of the election.
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April 27, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Martinsburg attorney's law license has been annulled by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Heidi J. Silver Myers was convicted of criminal contempt of court last January, prompting the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel to ask the high court to annul her license. The court granted that request earlier this month. Myers was indicted for contempt in December 2006 after allegedly ignoring a federal grand jury subpoena. Myers and her office manager still face federal charges alleging they defrauded the state's Public Defender Services.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | May 27, 2003
In what seems more like a joke than an attempt to be helpful, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last fall issued two rulings that give candidates for the high court to right to speak out on issues, while restricting what they can say. Confused? We'd bet the candidates are, too. The would-be judges would do well to keep their political statements to a minimum. The first ruling came after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Minnesota law which prevented judicial candidates from taking positions on "disputed or political issues.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 16, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va -- Newly elected 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder said Wednesday that he will make a third bid to be elected to West Virginia's high court in 2010. "I've had a number of people around the state who have been urging me to run for quite some time," said the 58-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., attorney, who was unsuccessful in campaigns for the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1996 and 2000. Yoder, who decided against running again last year, said the death of Justice Joseph P. Albright accelerated his plan to run for the high court in 2012.
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June 9, 2006
Pennsylvania may soon lose the unenviable distinction of being the only state without a lobbyist-disclosure bill, thanks to a measure backed by House Speaker John Perzel. If the bill successfully avoids the problems that killed a similar proposal in 2002, it would be a welcome addition to the Keystone State's body of law. The Associated Press reported that House Republicans were not eager to revive the issue, but got on board in February, when Perzel, R-Philadelphia, announced he would back it. Citing concerns from rank-and-file lawmakers and the criticism of newspaper editorial writers, the speaker said he would work to craft a bill that would pass muster with the state Supreme Court.
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August 27, 2003
Give Justice Warren McGraw credit for being willing to face his detractors. Despite an effort by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce to work for his defeat, McGraw will speak to the group today at their annual three-day business summit. The summit, held this year at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, will discuss the chamber's annual "Court Watch" report on Thursday. Released this week, the report was done by 25 attorneys from 15 law firms who analyzed rulings from the state's highest court in the fall 2002 and the spring 2003 term.
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