W.Va. chief justice offers his view from the bench
Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brent Benjamin is a proponent of the state's drug courts and hopes a new program the court is undertaking will result in more adoptable children being placed with families.
Benjamin says his most immediate concern is what might happen if the Legislature delays acting on prison reform, referring to it as a financial "tidal wave" that could swamp the state.
Supreme Court Justices Menis Ketchum, Robin Davis and Brent Benjamin listen to arguments at a hearing in February. Though Benjamin is serving as chief justice, all five justices' opinions carry equal weight. He says he and his four colleagues are, in some ways, "like a family."
Benjamin, who recently began his second stint as chief justice of the state Supreme Court, said he and the other justices feel the court "needs to be a stabilizing force in West Virginia."