Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, today issued the following statement regarding the decision of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to deny media the ability to tour Court facilities with members of the House Judiciary Committee.
“I am outraged at the disrespect shown to West Virginia’s taxpayers by the Supreme Court of Appeals through the Court’s efforts to deny the media an opportunity to tour and report to our citizens the renovations made to the Courts’ offices. A free press protects and preserves democracy. It is the window through which people can view their government. This capitol is the people’s house; it is not the personal property of the Supreme Court. I am appalled at the Court’s decision to impede or prevent the members of the press, and members of the House Judiciary Committee, from freely viewing and reporting upon the all of the facilities of the West Virginia Supreme Court. I call upon the Supreme Court to remove the veil of secrecy from these offices and enable the press corps to do their jobs by holding those in power accountable.”