Talk:Richard Neely

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What is disputed in this article? I first met Richard Neely over 33 years ago, have been a guest at his house on more than one occasion, have read some of his books, and as far as I can tell this article is totally accurate. The information seems to be carefully sourced and well footnoted. I think the "neutrality disputed" tag should be removed. Enon (talk) 22:18, 24 February 2009 (UTC)


good article[edit]

When I was a law student and an editor of the West Virginia University Law Review in 1994, it was generally thought among students and faculty at the law school that West Virginia had produced two great lawyers in the Twentieth Century: The first was John W. Davis and the second was Richard Neely. Later, when I was law clerk to Chief Justice Warren McGraw of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, I received the impression that the staff of the Supreme Court held a similar opinion. John W. Davis, of course, was a lawyer’s lawyer, but he besmirched his reputation by arguing the racist side of Brown v. Board of Education. John W. Davis asserted that he argued for the Board in Brown only because he believed that both sides of such an important case should be represented by competent counsel, but Mr. Davis’s close relationship with Woodrow Wilson, whose opinions on race are notorious, and who strongly endorsed the historical accuracy of Birth of a Nation, probably belies that explanation. Richard Neely, on the other hand, never evinced the least mean spiritedness. Justice Neely is by far the best published judge and/or lawyer in the history of West Virginia, yet in his many books, articles and hundreds of published opinions it is clear that he always stood up for alleviating the hardships of working people, but tempered his humane impulses with a solicitous regard for the health of industry. At the height of run-away judicial activism in the early 1980's, Justice Neely was a lone voice on the Court urging deference to elected officials and respect for constitutional boundaries. The Wikipedia article does not even touch on any of Justice Neely’s work after he left the Court in 1995. In that regard in the late 1990's Justice Neely led the fight for greater safety in the chemical plants of the Kanawha Valley where tons of MIC (the gas that killed thousands in Bhopal, India) are stored. In addition, in defense of the preservation of the Allegheny highlands, Justice Neely procured from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals the opinion in Burch v. NedPower Mount Storm, LLC, 220 W. Va. 443 (2007)– now the leading case in the United States on the application of the doctrine of nuisance to disturbances of wilderness areas by wind turbines. Consequently, I find nothing in this article that fails to take a “neutral” tone. Certainly Justice Neely is not beyond criticism– often because he was too outspoken or too frank– but at the end of the day this article faithfully reflects his career and achievements. John Kennedy Bailey, Charleston WV ˜˜˜˜ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.127.34.226 (talk) 18:13, 4 June 2009 (UTC)


Amen. The article is straightforward. It would be worthwhile to flesh out a few items, in particular on the domestic law front, Neely's role in creating the gender-neutral "primary caretaker rule," and some ramifications of the rule; and perhaps the main thesis of his book "How Courts Govern America". For the record, I was Justice Neely's law clerk for one year. C. Smith, Warsaw 83.28.66.169 (talk) 17:25, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Following up, we have three people who think the article is fine or should even give him more credit. No one has stepped forward to support the neutrality tag, so I'm removing it. Enon (talk) 23:28, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

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