putnam county family court judge william h. “chip” watkins

SS Member Halburn outsmarts Watkins in the official Judicial Investigatiom Commission hearing!

Steve Canterbury the administrative director of the West Virginia Supreme Court called the Supreme Commander of the Central West Virginia Secret Seven Coalition  Dan Bingman at home the first week in March of 2013 and wanted to know who should get credit for taking down Judge Watkins, and the reply was …

“Mark Halburn and Troy Sexton get first billing along with Lawrence Smith from the West Virginia Record, and then I have been contacting ALL the networks for the last SIX months, making contacts and submitting story idea’s and some to regional news outlets as well”

Mr Bingman then explained to chief executive of the WV Supreme Court Canterbury that we if we had NOT gotten Watkins in front of a national audience there would have been no punishment, since Canterbury already said the judge was CONTRITE after the broadcast.  The issue had to be forced later, since the JIC was initially going to do nothing about the misconduct of the judge caught on tape. So now, after it ALL is said and done,  a new and unique victory has been achieved by the exposure on national news and exposing corruption is the main function of the Central WV SS.  They have been doing a damn good job of it since 2006 in WV, and have many victories. The public humiliation of Judge Watkins in front of a grateful nation is just one of the many SS Victories that are now history.

“Contrite” was not enough for the Central West Virginia Secret Seven Coalition a citizens action group and advocates for a better West Virginia, so additional complaints were filed against Judge Chip Watkins and now the punishment phase begins!”



Watkins Gets Four-Year Suspension

Putnam County Screamer Kicked Off His Bench
By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

The hammer has dropped.altWilliam M. Watkins, III

Putnam County Family Court Judge William M. “Chip” Watkins, III, has been suspended-without pay-through December 31st, 2016, the remainder of his current term.

In an opinion authored by Justice Menis E. Ketchum, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the four-year suspension recommendation of a special disciplinary hearing board.


During the November 27th, 2012 hearing, Watkins admitted to 24 counts of wrongdoing-then was rude to PutnamLIVE.com Publisher Mark Hallburn who addressed Watkins and told him to “Turn around and face me like a man.” Instead, Watkins pitched a fit, letting the hearing board see that Watkins’ apologies on the witness stand had little, if any, effect on his behavior.


“Watkins’ apologies were obviously coached,” says Hallburn. “He was rude to Bob Harper, he was rude to me, and the disciplinary board saw right through him. The four-year-suspension is a start. What we need now is complete court reform, including a Civilian Review Board. For the Supreme Court to leave Watkins in office for 118 days after his admissions of wrongdoing is grounds to impeach all of them and start over with real justices.


Watkins made headlines across the country and across “the pond” when he screamed at Hurricane Bible Church Pastor Arthur D. Hage, in court, May 23rd, 2012.


PutnamLIVE.com first published the video, and West Virginia Supreme Court Administrator refused to punish Watkins-until the screams became the talk of law offices and courts around the world. Hage was not available for comment about Watkins’ four-year suspension.


However, Robert R. Harper, of Sissonville, another Watkins courtroom victim, has plenty to say.


“He’s the one that started it,” says Harper. “He made it personal with me, he made it personal with every other person that went before him. Watkins thought he was better than God, and that he was the God of Putnam County. I just have one question: ‘Hey Chip, now that you have to pay this big fine, do you want to sell your dog to help pay the fine?’ It’s not over.”


PutnamLIVE.com then published more videos of Watkins rages, and Canterbury and the Judicial Investigation Commission finally took Watkins’ misconduct seriously-filing charges.


However, Watkins has not been charged with the allegations made in complaints filed by Margaret Farmer and Troy Sexton-who were not allowed to speak to Watkins at the disciplinary hearing.


The JIC has not commented, but, it is assumed that the agency felt those charges were not necessary considering the punishment already faced by Watkins.


“He did it to himself,” says Harper. “He can’t blame us. It was Watkins and his big mouth that did him in. And I’m happy.”


The whole ordeal started after PutnamLIVE.com published this article about Watkins threatening free-lance reporter Lawrence W. Smith after Smith telephoned Watkins about being listed as “not in good standing” by his homeowner’s association. Watkins falsely blamed a stunned Hage for the photo of Watkins’ home. The judge also wrote a rather rude letter to Hallburn, who filed a complaint with the JIC.


The rest, including Watkins, is history.

Please Click Here To View WSAZ Pool Video Of The November 27th, 2012 Hearing.

Please Click Here To Read The Court’s Opinion.

Please Click Here To Read Chief Justice Benjamin’s Concurring Opinion.

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Link to Original PutnamLive.com article below:


Courtroom Video REVEALS ABUSIVE CONDUCT of WV JUDGE WATKINS Reminiscent of the RANT of JUDGE FACEMIRE During the Travesty of Justice Trial

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.

Judge Facemire (shown above in this 3 FACES of EVIL photo) committed an act of blatant misconduct during the Travesty of Justice case, by yelling and screaming and calling the defendant names FOR NO REASON – just exactly like Judge Watkins clearly demonstrates in the video below, and was witnessed by a full courtroom, but when John Oshoway a local attorney was asked about it the very next day, his answer was that he doesn’t have a very good memory and didn’t remember what the judge said. Facemire denied the outburst in a 14 page letter to the JIC that they will not release, because the entire matter was redacted from the court record against West Virginia rules of the court. An effort is being made by political reform advocates to go after individuals in official capacities that cover for these corrupt and disgusting judges like Facemire and Watkins.

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.

Judge Watkins shown in this photo should have his ticket pulled for his actions in the courtroom that you can witness for yourself by viewing the below video!

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!