By Rina McCoy – Crooked County Crooks Editor for the Concerned Citizens Free Press/Editor Edison – CalPatty Press Editor
Judge Richard A Facemire denied showing a great deal of bias and calling the defendant in the longest running court case in Gilmer County history, DESPICABLE, although, Facemire on the tape clearly mispronounces the word while screaming at the defendant. Facemire clearly mispronounces the word as DIS PIC A BLE when it is clearly DES instead of DIS but what can you expect from a judge from the 14th district Circuit Court that gets to the most hidden hollows of Webster Springs , Braxton County, Gilmer County and Clay County.
Heck, some people are still running illegal whiskey stills in those necks of the woods. Moonshine white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, is a very high proof, often 190 proof (95% alcohol) distilled spirit that is sometimes used to RAPE the female students at Glenville State College — as was evidenced by the latest Goodwin Hall Rape in which JAYDY LAYNE a student at GSC mixed a lethal concoction of booze that flat-lined the victim of the rape in the ambulance on the way to the hospital with a 2.4 alcohol blood count, but rapes, are not against the law in Gilmer County, or so it appears, since nobody has ever been convicted of any of the countless rapes at Glenville State. Drugs and driving under the influence are OK too, if you have the right last name.
JUDGE FACEMIRE was abusive many times during the “Travesty of Justice” court case that was in WV Supreme Court for two years. FACEMIRE lied to the Judicial Investigation Commission in a 14 page letter that the JIC won’t release, although there have been at least FIVE requests for the document.
Rev. Arthur D. Hage, 63, has posted the video below as part of his complaint to the state Judicial Investigation Commission about Putnam County Circuit Court Family Law Judge William M. “Chip” Watkins III. It shows Watkins, 58, going ballistic in a divorce case where he screams at Hage, including to tell him to “Shut up” and accusing him of telling a “damn lie.”
Hage was raising a termite issue in the marital home that the minister felt had to be addressed before being sold to anyone. The judge appears out of control at points, screaming “I didn’t tell you to talk. … Are you deaf?” and “Shut up! I didn’t ask you to speak.”
Watkins accuses Hage of being behind a news website’s article about Watkins and his wife being delinquent on paying their homeowner’s association dues.
It starts out with Watkins saying calmly “Mr. Hage, if you say one word out of turn, you’re going to jail. Do you understand me?” That was a bad sign since I fail to see any basis for such a threat. Hage nonetheless answers “Yes.”
Watkins then accuses Hage of speaking with a reporter after the prior hearing and his wife Lillian’s lawyer asked for an order of contempt for Hage mentioning his wife’s mental health problems in violation of a court order.
That is when Hage tried to speak and touched off a judicial eruption. Watkins screams “Because of you, my wife is there alone, and my house has been vandalized four times. You realize that, of course, as I’m sure you’re probably in on it and laughing about it.” The judge continues to say “You, you disgusting piece of …” and “I swear to you. You’re responsible. I’m holding you personally responsible for anything that happens to my house.”
In what appears to be the world’s most obvious point, Watkins states “I promise you that if I see so much as anyone blanketing my home, my wife, my family, you and me are going to have a problem. …”
Notably, Watkins appears to start to recuse himself after saying “Well, buddy, it’s personal. It’s personal, and I can promise you, you will not hear the end of it from me.” It would seem recusal at that point is inevitable. However, Watkins stops himself and again starts to beat up on the pastor, including some remarkable threats: “Please understand that. I will resign this bench and I will personally see to it that you never see a free day in your life. Do you understand? You’re going to jail, I swear to God.”
Here is the most amazing thing, Watkins then proceeds to conduct the hearing and refuses to recuse himself!!
The ethics charge has obvious merit given the judge’s personal interest and anger — not to mention his loss of composure and demeanor.
Regardless of the merits of the allegations, Watkins was no longer a disinterested or neutral party, but in West Virginia, with the Snake Oil salesman that make up the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and the JIC, really what chance of punishment is there for this out of line judge?
Watkins was also accused of threatening two local reporters.
Judge Watkins behavior is almost identical to the behavior of Judge Richard A Facemire in the Circuit Court of Gilmer County, but the matter was covered up, by local officials and the JIC made no investigation of the facts.
One thing for sure is everyone reading this article and viewing this video below better hope they don’t ever wind up in ANY West Virginia Court, for they will experience hell fire itself and illegal actions condoned by the highest ranks of the West Virginia Government and the West Virginia Supreme Court!