WEST Virginia has a reputation for a prickly legal climate. That perception developed in part because of legislative decisions, in part from how the attorney general has used his office, and in part because some state Supreme Court justices were not committed to fairness.
As a result, West Virginia is long on multimillionaire trial attorneys and short on multibillion-dollar employers.
The contest for two seats on the state Supreme Court is important to changing that perception. Justices serve 12-year terms and can cast a long shadow.
The Daily Mail endorses incumbent Democrat Robin Davis and Republican Allen Loughry.
Davis, a native of Van in Boone County, is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan, and has a degree in industrial relations and a law degree from WVU.
First elected to fill an unexpired term in 1996, she was re-elected in 2000.
Davis has worked with 13 justices, has been elected chief justice five times, and has not been reversed at the U.S. Supreme Court.
During her tenure, the court instituted the nation's first domestic violence registry, which allows simultaneous transmission of information to all courts and