W.Va. SC issues full opinion on high school football brawl

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 25, 2011, 2:46am


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court says "there was no basis for the trial court's involvement" in the case of four South Charleston High School football players who were suspended following an on-the-field brawl last fall.

The state Supreme Court decided in December that Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster overstepped her authority when she tossed out the players' suspensions.

The Court said Webster "exceeded (her) authority in issuing the preliminary injunction" that allowed the four players to play in the Nov. 26 Class AAA semifinal game against Brooke after they had been ejected in the final seconds of the Black Eagles' quarterfinal victory over Hurricane.

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission had appealed Webster's Nov. 30 ruling, filing its appeal with the state Supreme Court.

The state's high court, which handed down its ruling Dec. 7, filed its full opinion Thursday.

Justice Thomas McHugh, who authored the Court's 25-page opinion, said the lower court "overlooked significant language" in the decisions it cited.

To view the entire article, visit the West Virginia Record.

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