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September 27, 2010



I don't understand why Justice Ketchum is so upset that the lawyers passed on his memo to the BLT.

Why is his decision newsworthy? Really? He's obviously very familiar with the Supreme Court's recent decision on the appearance of a conflict of interest arising from the refusal of a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court to recuse himself despite having received a multimillion dollar campaign contribution from one of the litigants.

Peter Young

Justice Menard Ketchum's statement is disingenuous. The objection wasn't just that he had a predisposition, but that he had made his position on the issue a campaign promise. He promised that he never would overturn the cap. That's much more than a predisposition. That makes his vote on the issue a matter of personal integrity; it guarantees his vote on the issue before it is argued. If he cannot see the difference, then pity those who seek justice in West Virginia.

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