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Judge Sanctions Lawyer in Superintendent Lawsuit


A judge has reprimanded an attorney for ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple for using profanity and calling the West Virginia Board of Education’s lawyers “crooks.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha Circuit Court Judge James Stucky also ordered attorney Tim Barber to pay court costs incurred by the board’s lawyers in pursuing the sanctions. A lawyer for the board estimated those costs at $2,500 to $3,000.

The motion stemmed in part from remarks Barber made in an article last month in the Gazette-mail. Barber apologized for the remarks.

He also was accused of berating staff members of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, the law firm defending the board in a lawsuit filed by Marple. Barber denied using profanity against the firm’s office manager.