Dumbest' judge Neely seeks WVa Supreme Court seat again

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    Judi Lynn
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    John Raby, Associated Press Updated 2:57 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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    Former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely announces he is seeking a seat on the court again in the 2020 election Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who once joked that he was “America’s laziest and dumbest judge” announced Wednesday that he’ll seek a seat on the court again next year.

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    Neely, 78, said he’ll seek a 12-year term for the seat currently held by former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead. Armstead won the seat in November’s election to complete the term of Menis Ketchum, who resigned last year before he was convicted and sentenced in federal court to probation on a fraud count related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card.

    Neely said he’s running because the court system is a mess, especially since a 2018 scandal in which state lawmakers initiated impeachment proceedings that a separate panel of judges later derailed.

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    During his time as a justice, Neely often got attention both for what he said and did outside of court. In 1985, he fired his secretary for refusing to continue babysitting his son after three consecutive weeks of watching the child. The public outrage that followed prompted him to restore her job and give up the title of chief justice. At the time, Neely claimed he had a right to order his staff to perform such duties as babysitting, collecting his laundry and typing books he wrote.


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    retired liberal
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    So, Neely is a part of our court system mess. Good reason not to vote for him.

    We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.

    If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.

    Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…

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