It is obvious Gov. Jim Justice had in thoughts an image to color of C. Haley Bunn, his appointee to fill a vacant state Supreme Court seat.
“Coal miner’s daughter” and “strong conservative voice” who “understands the importance of faith, traditional values, and law and order,” he mentioned of Bunn. He added, maybe in a nod to her spectacular work defending firms from lawsuits, “She knows that for our economy to continue growing, employers and job creators have to be confident they can get a fair shake in our courts.”
Yes, the Wyoming County native has generations of underground coal miners in her household, and her husband’s household has run coal mines and associated firms within the state for many years; and she or he is a board member for the Bible Center School in Charleston.
She can be a wise and skilled legal professional who has served as each a defender and prosecutor — together with as a part of the workplace of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. There she grew to become considered one of 12 prosecutors nationwide to be a part of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. She additionally assisted in prosecuting a serious corruption probe of Mingo County officers in 2014, which resulted in jail phrases for 4 of these officers.
Bunn will almost definitely sit on the state Supreme Court till 2024, at which level the seat will probably be up for election. She seems to be the kind of one that, throughout that point, will diligently work to serve the folks of West Virginia by ruling not based mostly on household historical past and connections, political whim and fashionable opinion, however moderately on moral interpretation of the legislation.
Justice is a showman, and did his job in asserting Bunn’s appointment. Now, Bunn seems poised to do hers.