Suspicious: What are court officials trying to hide?

Anyone who has spent much time at all with toddlers knows that when one of them suggests they have done nothing wrong …. but that you had better not come into the room and look just yet, you need to get in there immediately.

Officials with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals must think very little of taxpayers — or at least be so far removed from reality that they think the old “nothing to see here, might as well not bother …” routine will be effective.

West Virginia legislators considering whether to recommend impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry were scheduled to tour the court’s offices at the end of this week. But, unless something changes, the court now says no photos or videos are to be taken of interior hallways, doorways or windows, and that the tours will now take place between Aug 1-3.

Better than nothing — but not much.

Why is the court reluctant to permit such photos or videos? It is not as if there are any national secrets there, after all.

Could it have anything to do with controversy over extravagant spending to renovate the offices?

Supreme Court justices should alter the policy. Banning certain photography during the tour is doing nothing to appease the growing number of West Virginians wondering — with good reason — what the court is trying to hide.

COMMENTS