Friday, August 17, 2007

West Virginia Mountain Mama

Overlawyered highlights a particularly lurid fact pattern in a recent West Virginia Supreme Court decision:
Robert Cleavenger and Marissa Strahin were lovers, but at some point the relationship ended. Strahin, pregnant with Cleavenger's child, moved in with Earl Sullivan in Braxton County, West Virginia. This perturbed Cleavenger, who decided to resolve the matter with a high-powered rifle. Thinking discretion the better of valor, Sullivan fled his property in a car, taking Strahin and her brother, Daniel Strahin, with him. Cleavenger pursued, and fired at the fleeing car, hitting Daniel in the arm.
And then everybody sued everybody else. This scenario would make a great season opener for a country-fried Law & Order spinoff.
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