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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS OF WEST VIRGINIA
FILED December 29, 2008 9:39 A.M.
In the Circuit Court of Gilmer County, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in the proceeding of State of West Virginia -vs- John Manis Richards, Gilmer County Case No. 08-F-2.
Whereas, The Honorable Jack Alsop, Chief Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, has advised the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals that he was assigned to the above-styled proceeding following the voluntary recusal of the Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit; and
Whereas, The Chief Justice, upon a review of the reasons for recusal, deems such disqualification to be warranted; and
Whereas, By Supreme Court Administrative Order entered on December 9, 2008, the Honorable Larry V. Starcher, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, was approved for admission to Senior Status upon his retirement effective January 1, 2009;
It Is Therefore Ordered, That the Honorable Larry V. Starcher, Senior Status Justice, be, and he hereby is, recalled for temporary assignment effective January 2, 2009, to the Circuit Court of Gilmer County, in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, under the provisions of Article VIII, Sub Section 3 and 8 of the Constitution of West Virginia and W.Va. Code Section 51-9-10 for the purpose of presiding in said matter; and
It Is Further Ordered, That the Circuit Clerk of Gilmer County record this Order in the Office of the said Clerk and provide copies of the same to all parties of record or their counsel; and
It Is Further Ordered, That the Circuit Clerk of Gilmer County forward to the Honorable Larry V. Starcher copies of such documents and materials in the Clerk’s Office as directed by him.
The Honorable Larry V. Starcher
Larry V. Starcher was a justice on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. In November 1996, he was elected as a Democrat in a partisan election to the Supreme Court of Appeals. He served as chief justice in 1999 and 2003.
Larry V. Starcher graduated from Spencer High School in Spencer, West Virginia in 1960. He subsequently graduated from West Virginia University with honors in 1964 with a degree in Political Science. He also attended West Virginia University for his JD which he completed in 1967.
Justice Starcher then embarked on a legal career that has impacted every court room in West Virginia.
Prior to being elected Circuit Judge of Monongalia County in 1976, Starcher served as an Assistant to the Vice-President for Off-Campus Education at WVU, as Director of the North Central West Virginia Legal Aid Society, and as a private lawyer. He served as circuit judge for 20 years, 18 as chief judge. While sitting as a circuit judge, Justice Starcher served as a special judge in 23 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. He presided over the trial of 20,000 asbestos injury cases and a six-month state buildings asbestos trial. In November 1996, he was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals. He served as chief justice in 1999, and 2003, and promoted action in several areas of judicial administration, specifically: Court Facilities Committee; Public Trust and Confidence in the Judiciary; Mental Hygiene Commission; Court Technology Summit; Self-Represented Litigants Task Force; State Law Library improvements; and reactivated the Gender Fairness Task Force.
Awards and Associations
Justice Starcher was President of the West Virginia Judicial Association in 1992-93. As a trial judge, he was active in the area of juvenile justice, including establishing alternative learning centers for youths at risk and a youth shelter. He also pioneered the use of work-release and community service as punishment for nonviolent offenders. He has been a regular instructor at judicial conferences, and has been honored by many civic and community groups, including the NAACP, Jaycees, Trial Lawyers, and Probation Officers. In 1978, he was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at Harvard University. Justice Starcher also has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law from 1992 to the present.
As a lifetime citizen of West Virginia, Justice Starcher is a tireless champion for West Virginia’s rights and access to fair and equitable justice through his work as director of the North Central West Virginia Legal Aid Society from 1969 to 1976, as Circuit Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia from 1977 to 1996, as Adjunct Lecturer for the West Virginia University College of Law from 1993 to the present, and as a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia from 1997 to the present.
Justice Starcher has been recognized especially for his work on the education and deinstitutionalization of juveniles, child support enforcement, victim’s rights and compensation, judicial administration, domestic relations, criminal law, magistrate court, mental health, self-represented litigants trial advocacy, equality and access to justice.
Justice Starcher’s affiliations with professional groups include, the West Virginia Law School Association, the United Presbyterian Youth Home, West Virginia Law Institute and the Governor’s Task Force on Work Release Centers to name only a few. A list of his Community Activities would fill a phone book beginning with his church affiliation, the Morgantown City council, the WVU alumni Association, member of the NAACP, Habitat for Humanity and the list continues.
Justice Starcher’s personal interests are centered in his wife Becky and their three children, Molly an attorney who works for West Virginia University, Larry V. Starcher, Jr., a physician in Morgantown, and Amy a hospital administrator in Pittsburg.
Justice Starcher says that when retirement comes for him it only means working in another venue. He mentioned specifically his continued interest in bettering the human condition, namely putting his carpentering skills to good use in working for Habitat for Humanity.