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August 2009

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia

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Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock

Excerpted from a June 18 editorial in the Charleston Gazette

Around America, scornful reactions followed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that West Virginia Justice Brent Benjamin shouldnt have voted to save Massey Energy from an $82 million fraud judgment, after Masseys CEO spent $3 million to put Benjamin on the bench.

The Los Angeles Times called it "the case of a grandiosely unethical West Virginia justice," adding: "Benjamins participation in the case assured him a place in the judiciarys annals of shame."

Syndicated columnist Tom Teepen called it "an especially egregious case of big money at play in what is supposed to be justice."

The Youngstown Vindicator said of the West Virginia case: "It would seem obvious that most people would not feel they were getting a fair hearing under the circumstances, and when most people have reason to wonder whether justice is for sale, the judiciary suffers."

Now that Benjamin has been knocked off the Massey case, West Virginias Supreme Court is proceeding to rehear it, without him. But fallout from this affair goes farther. Gov. Manchin has appointed an Independent Commission on Judicial Reform nominally headed by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor, who once said of the Massey case: "It does not look good, does it? Why would a state want to subject itself to an influx of money into its courtroom?"

We hope a real cleanup arises from the Massey mess that blemished West Virginia.


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