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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE STATE NEWS PAGE D5 Wednesday, October 31, 2018 WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT THE W.VA. PRESS ASSOCIATION CHARLESTON -- Voters on Tuesday will have an op- portunity to help set a new di- rection for the state Supreme Court. Two justices will be elected to fill vacancies cre- ated by the summer resigna- tions of Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis. In Division 1, voters will decide who will finish the term of Ketchum, who re- Signed as members of the House of Delegates pursued impeachment investigations of all the justices. In Division 2, voters will choose the successor for Da- vis, Who resigned hours after the House adopted 11 articles impeachment against her and other justices. Earlier this month, the West Virginia Bar Association in- vited the 20 candidates to forums at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. Some of the highlights: Nine out of the 10 candi- dates for Division 1 were on hand for the first forum held Oct. 15. The forum was at- tended by newly appointed Su- preme Court Justice Tim Arm- stead, Kanawha County Cir- cuit Judge Joanna Tabit, East- ern Panhandle Circuit Judge Chris Wilkes, former Kanawha County lawmaker Mark Hunt, former assistant state attor- ney general Harry Bnmer Jr Mingo County attorney Rob- ert Carlton, CabeU County at- attorney Marty Sheehan. Ohio strengthening of those rules." County attorney Jim O'Brien Jenkins, who spent years in was unable to attend, the Legislature and then two Douglas was asked if the terms in Congress, was asked courts in the state handle is- how he would approach issues sues involving race, gender of conflict between the legis- and socio-economic circum- lative and judicial branches. stances fairly. "It is important that I'm not "No, I don't think so," in the capacity as an advo- Douglas said. "I don't think cate," Jenkins said. "As a ju- the Supreme Court is respon- fist, I absolutely understand sive to that." the importance of that separa- Smith was asked about how tion and to make sure that I'm to restore the public's confi- looking at every piece of legis- dence in the state's judicial lation, any case, or any matter system. A recent MetroNews that comes before me in an ab- poll showed only 4 percent of solutely impartial way, making respondents had confidence sure everyone has equal access in the courts, and making sure we interpret "A lot of people think the the law appropriately as direct- court is a partisan body, and ed by our constitution." a lot of people doubt that they The topic of judicial tem- can have a fair and impartial perament came up in light of judge," Smith said. "We have recent U.S. Supreme Court to do a lot of outreach to the nomination hearings. When people to explain the Judicial asked about his temperament, Rules of Conduct. We think Kessler said everyone would we need to revisit the Rules be treated with dignity and re- of Judicial Conduct with re- spect if he is elected. gard to recusal and I think we "As my mother said, 'No need to revisit them in regard one looks down their nose at to campaign activities to de- you if you don't look down termine if there can be any your nose at anyone,'" Kes- sler said. "You treat everyone with equality, dignity, respect and fairness. I treat all cli- ents like that. That's why they keep coming back." The state Supreme Court has come under scrutiny for its expenditures involving $3.5 million in renovations to offices and the spending down of surplus funds. Thompson, who is known for his efforts to fight opioid abuse in South- ern West Virginia, said the Su- preme Court needs to do a bet- ter job of funding drug courts and other initiatives. "The state is facing a lot of critical issues. I think one of the most critical issues the state is facing tight now is the opioid and drug epidemic," Thompson said. "The opioid epidemic is not only taking away children's future, it's taking away our state's future as well. That, I think, shouM be our highest priority." - Steven Allen Adams covers state government for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel torney Ronald Hatfield, Clay . AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * County attorney Hiram Lew- is, and Kanawha County attor- 9 ney Jeff Woods. Only Cabell County attorney D.C. Offutt Jr. was unable to attend. I will offer for sale approximately 10 tractors - Lots of farm * equipment - some vehicles - tools - parts and a large Tabit, who sits on one of the ~o selection of household articles located at 2858 Giles Mill busiest benches in the state, ~ Road, Bunker Hill, WV 25413 on z was asked what the Supreme Court could do to help circuit ; courts regarding child abuse o MONDAY NOV. 12, 2018 AT 9:00 AM and neglect cases. ~ AUCTIONEER- EDGAR A. BOHRER WV LIC. #18 Z~ Tabit said more than 50 per- < cent of the docket for circuit 304-229-8354 Cell 304-283-6796 * courts involve abuse and he: FOR COMPI.k'TE L/STING SEE glect cases, with the majority AUCTION ZIP 17712 of those cases involving drug *AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * AUCTION * z addiction. She called for more resources for existing court programs that are showing re- suits. ' "What the court needs to do really is what it is doing as it relates to juvenile drug courts and treatment courts, like adult drug court," Tabit said. "This is a health crisis we're experiencing, and in- carceration is not always the answer." When asked when a justice should recuse himself or her- self from a case, Wilkes said each judge needs to evaluate for themselves if they can im- partially hear the case. "When a judge decided they cannot impartially rule on a case they should auto- matically recuse themselves," said Wilkes, who has heard cases in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties since 1993. "You have to realize as a judge you have an over- tiding obligation to do your work, so you have to take the tough case and decide it. You have to work the dilemma out as to whether or not you feel you can fully, fairly, and im- partially apply the law to the facts." ,With so many candidates on the ballot, and with nor- nal Supreme Court elections caking place in the spring of 2020, Hunt was asked if fu- ture Supreme Court elections , should be done by runoff. ' .: "I wouldn't see any prob- ii lem in a perfect world of hav- iiiI ing a primary with this non- partisan election," Hunt said. %, If a person didn't win by at qeast 5 percent, have a runoff lid' tlW general election." On Oct. 18, nine out of the ater Harry Bruner Chris Wilkes Robert Carlton Jim Douglas candidates for Supreme i( t2 9rt Division 2 attended the ,', second forum including new- ly' appointed Justice Evan j% Jcnldns, Boone County Ctr- i : UitlJudge William Thomp- son, Kanawha County Fam- ~i i' lily Court Judge Jim Douglas, former Senate President Jeff Kessler, Kanawha County at- J,torneys Dennise Smith and William Schwartz, Greenbrier County attorney Robert Frank, ii, Putnam County attorney Bren- den Long, and Ohio County Jeff Kessler Hiram Lewis Brenden Long Mark Hunt "tim Armstead Dennlse Smith William Thompson Jeff Woods Robert Frank Ronald Hatfleld Joanna Tsbit Evan Jenkins Jim O'Brlen D.C. Offutt Jr. William Schwartz Marty Sheehan Jefferson County Property Transactions October 22-26, 2018 Authorization and Cory Wilheimi K. Hovnanian Homes at Authorized Singer to "lqmotjuy A. Shenandoah Springs LLC and Margaret Zoberbier to Carlo Lapole; LT 183, PH 2A; Charles K. Hovnanian Developements Nuss and Kerry Kathleen Riley- Town Corporation; $297,900.00 of West Virginia Inc. to Kevin Nuss, Kerry Kathleen Riley Byron R Maghan Jr. to Joshua C. Twigger and Natalie D. Nuss; LT 137, PH III; Shepherd- stown District; $260,000.00 LTBrian109,Nida900.00and Amy Marie Nida; Corporation;Twigger; LT 20,$342,603.00BLK E; Ranson Blue Ridge View LLC to James F. Young Jr. and Sheila L. Young; LT 10, CT 9.0368; Shep- herdstown District; $120,500.00 Bavarian Inn Inc. to Reginald B. Shoemaker and Diana L. Shoe- maker; LT 21, SEC I; Shepherd- stown District; E164,000.00 Peggy A. Trainer to Barrie W. Rudisill; LTS 30, 31, 31A, 32 and 33, SEC XIII; Harpers Ferry District; $150,000.00 JC2017 LLC to Joshua Hugh F. Lapenotiere, Peggy Burcker AIF, Molly M. Lap- Arana-Jimenez, Joshua Arana enotiere and Peggy Burker Jimenez and Allison Arana; LT AIF to Michael Charles 4, CT 4.0281 ACS, T.W 50-foot Pizzuti; LTS 220 and 221, non-exclusive EAS; Shepherd- SEC 2; Kabletown District; stown District; $445,000.00 $225,000.00 Aaron Matthew Robert Frederic Carl V. Taylor to Cristian A. Fellow and Anna Loraine Fel- lows FKAAnna Loraine Urgel Benitez and Lindsay R. Ben- itez; LT 1, CT 1.7426 ACS, T.W to Daniel M. Butler; TH LT 289, 20-feet Access EAS; Charles- PH Ill-A; Ranson Corporation; Town District; $154,000.00 $186,000.00 Matthew D. Hartzell and Chris- tina M. Tobin FKA Christina M. Hartzell to Frandith Sepulveda and Elixabeth Rivers; LT 118, PH II; Charles Town District; $264,000.00 ILA Properties Inc. to Shannon Clara Dailey Carroll and Hy- G. Cox; LT 18; Charles Town Crest Farms LLC; PCL Three: Corporation; $222,475.00 LT CT 123.06 ACS, Arnold W. JC2017 LLC to Mark M. Franz Dailey SR Minor SUBD; Middle- and Lori L. Franz; LT 3; Charles way District; $100,000.00 town District; $383,625.00 Carrie K. Whitaker and Michael Charles W. Hensell, D. Scott Whitake[ to Patricia C. Hawk- Roach and John K. Taylor to ins and Clayton R. Muller; LT Andrew B. Miller and Amanda L. 1, SEC 3; Kabletown District; Drexel; LT 16; Bolivar Corpora- $165,000.00 tion; $89,900.00 Dan Ryan Buildesr West Vir- Firm Foundation LLC to Twin- ginia LLC to Lori S. Renno; LT point LLC; LT CT 1.336 ACS; 8, PH II; Harpers Ferry District; Kabletown District; $67,000.00 $$325,906.00 James A. Franklin Estate and Margaret G. Franklin Heir, Mar- get G. Franklin Beneficiary to Patrick Schneble; TR 1: LtS 61 and 62, SEC 3-H, S/T 16-feet RAN and TR 2; Charles town District; $65,000.00 Matthew P. Ridgeway to Slonaker's Custom Paving LLC DBA and Slonaker's Enterpris- es LLC; LT 4, T/W 50-foot ac- Kevin C. Twigger and Natalie cess R/W; Middleway District; Nicholas D. Delaney and D. Ferdinand to Nathaniel Day; Rebecca J. Delaney to Lexicon LT 48, BLK D, PH I; Ranson$90,000.00 Government Services LLC; Corporation; $196,000.00 Jeanne L. Zerbe FKA and LT 183, PH 2A; Charles Town Jeanne L. Sensi to David J. Corporation; $297,900.00 Pierre E. L. Goze and Patricia Wildman and Judith A. Wild- E. Miller to Jean Martin Bauer; Lexicon Government Ser- PCL CT 0.48 ACS, Charles man; LT 237, CT 036693 vices LLC,Morreals Real Estate Town Corporation; $396,000.00 ACS; Charles Town District; Services Inc. to Company $90,000.00 Sponsored by: same team, same service, new name. 304.885.7645 113 W Washington Street Charles Town, VVV 25414 Elizabeth Dandridge McDonald, Broker and ~a~n~ng, leads, support ~~~ iti tl, H: il :! "