Access to Justice Has Arrived * Hough’s Corruption Ring Will be Defeated

The Lone Meth Ranger Newsletter Presents:


FILED December 29, 2008 9:39 A.M.

A D M I N I S T R A T I V E – – O R D E R



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

Back Ground:


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.

Legal Career


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.

Additional Information

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.


5 Responses to “Access to Justice Has Arrived * Hough’s Corruption Ring Will be Defeated”

  1. Great news! Good story John- little history On SC and Justice Starcher too. I’ll add this new link to my site

    • lonemethranger Says:

      Your link as well as a few other will be added soon… lots of folks around here like your site and content.

  2. calpattypress Says:

    The CalPatty press completely endorses your latest court battle.

    We are hoping that your lawyer is a good one, but remember as long as they are getting a state paycheck as a public defender, then, they don’t want to step on too many toes defending clients considered undesirable by the powers that be.

    In the Travesty case, on the court record on page 240, Judge Facemire threatens F John Oshoway (who was paid cash by the defendant) from Calhoun County with being assigned no more cases, unless he plays ball!
    It was only later investigators discovered that Oshoway made most of his money as a public pretender, much to the disappointment of his client that wasted thousands on him.

    Oshoway did play ball with the judge to the detriment of his client, and that mistake cost tax payers an amount that has exceeded 500,000 in court costs for WVSC USDC and now the 4th circuit federal court in Virginia.

    Oshoway was highly criticized by the Supreme Court for his performance in his case. It was a perfect example of ineffective assistance of counsel.

    The Supreme court appellate attorney stated for the record that his mother could have done a better job as defense trial counsel.

    Lets hope the same mistakes are not made in your trial.

    Fire that bitch at the first sign that he is going to pull an OSHOWAY!

  3. crookedcountycrooks Says:

    One thing Big Edi did know….the Ranger sure wasn’t no Yankee!

  4. New Newspaper in Gilmer County…

    Gilmer County people know that they deserve the secure feeling that comes from knowing what they are being told by their local news source is accurate, objective and complete.

    At “The Gilmer County Journal,“ writers are expected to practice an old-fashioned thing called “journalism.“ Sure it isn’t for everyone, but if a person intends to educate and inform the public about any issue, they had better know the whole story. More importantly, they’d do well to understand that when we obscure the facts, we are only admitting our own weak capacity to reason. After all, if a writer feels they must lie or misrepresent in order to defend their “side” of a story, aren’t they admitting — at least to themselves — that they know they are wrong?

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