WV Supreme Court chief justice and friend to dirty coal loses reelection bid
Remember Spike Maynard? He was the chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court, the one caught canoodling around the Caribbean with mountaintop mining executive Don Blankenship — and some young women to whom, suffice to say, they were not betrothed — while Blankenship’s company, Massey Energy, had a case before the court. Maynard said he just happened to run into Blankenship in Monaco. (These things happen, right?)
Now the universe has surprised everyone by coughing up a little justice: Maynard has lost his reelection bid.
Said his opponent, newly bejudged and bewildered Menis Ketchum, “I did not expect to do near as well as I did.” The results are “sending the message that the public wants a court that is judicial.”