Media access concerns delay West Virginia Supreme Court tour
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Judiciary Committee members are delaying their tour of the state Supreme Court’s offices, citing concerns about possible open meetings law violations after the court said it would not allow media to take photos or video of the visit.
WCHS-TV reports that the Supreme Court said it would not allow photography or video of the tour originally planned for Friday. Media members and the West Virginia Broadcasters Association objected, as did some committee members.
Senate President Mitch Carmichael released a statement saying he was “outraged at the disrespect shown to West Virginia’s taxpayers” by the court’s decision.
Committee members delayed the tour of the renovated Supreme Court offices until next Friday. They will request that the court allow members of the television, radio and print media to attend.
Information from: WCHS-TV, http://www.wchstv.com