We Know McGraw's Record

(11/06/2004)

Dear Editor,

I live in Fairmont WV and check the Herald Daily. Thanks for all your hard work.

I just read your commentary on the election of Brent Benjaman, and feel the need to respond. It is hardly news to anyone that money and politics often times make common bedfellows.

To be fair to Justice-Elect Benjamin, shouldn't we give him a chance to make a record for himself and then judge him on his record? Are we judging Benjamin's future by McGraw's legacy?

We know McGraw's record. You don't have to look too hard to see who buttered McGraw's bread. He certainly didn't make any bones about the fact that he was "the labor justice" and for the "little man". Catchy phrases I must admit, but you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to decipher that meant "plaintiffs". And how much money did the Trial Lawyers and their spouses pour into Brother Warren's coffers for this election and others. We knew which party McGraw was predisposed to favor because he told us, all too many times.

As for the need to recuse oneself from a case, I find it hilarious that Ole McGraw even refused to recuse himself from hearing cases argued by the West Virginia Attorney General, which you know is his brother.

I find it amusing that everyone is blaming BIG OUT OF STATE corporations for McGraw's defeat. Maybe now that he is gone, we might even be able to get a few BIG IN STATE corporation to locate here, or even better in Calhoun.

As long as Worker's Comp is a mess and litigation is a secondary income for our citizens progress won't likely happen.

Just my humble opinions. Coming from a proud democrat lawyer who has practiced for 12 years in this great state. And no, I didn't contribute to either McGraw or Benjamin.

Jeff Taylor