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W.Va. justice cleared by judicial ethics commission

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An ethics complaint filed by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney against state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has been dismissed, according to a news release from the Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, Maloney filed the complaint with the state Judicial Ethics Commission after ABC News reported that plaintiff’s attorney Michael Fuller purchased a jet in 2011 from Davis’ husband attorney Scott Segal’s law firm, while a $90 million verdict in a nursing home case was on the line.

Davis wrote the majority opinion in that case, which resulted in a $17 million payment to Fuller’s firm, and later said she wouldn’t recuse herself from other nursing home cases involving Fuller.

Maloney asked the Judicial Investigation Commission to investigate the relationship between Davis and Fuller.

The commission voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint and found that “there is no evidence to support a finding of probable cause that [Davis] violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.”

It also wrote that the “sale of the firm’s plane would not have been a significant event in her demanding judicial position,” and that “Davis has no personal, social, or business relationship with Attorney Fuller beyond having presided over cases in which he has appeared before the Supreme Court.” It found she was correct in not recusing herself from the cases…

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