I received a response from the Judicial Inquiry And Review Commission to my complaint about the stunning error in Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleo E. Powell's decision overturning the jury verdict in the Pryde and Peterson lawsuit against Virginia Tech.
The letter simply states the Commission "has no authority to review a judge's rulings and decisions." The Commission completely ignores the error and the probability that someone is not telling the truth. Rather than get on top of the situation and correct a written blunder of monumental proportions, both the Virginia Supreme Court and the Judicial Inquiry And Review Commission are content to let the error stands. Again, the objectivity and integrity of Virginia's legal system is seriously questioned and the inaction in the face of a Supreme Court decision based on a fact that is not true only leaves me speechless.
The Pryde and Peterson's civil rights and guarantees, under the law, to a fair and impartial hearing in court have been violated.
Here is response I received:
COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission
P.O. Box 367
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0367
Fax: (804) 371-0650
January 22, 2015
Mr. David Cariens
Kilmarnock, Va. 22482
Dear Mr. Cariens:
This is in response to your complaint to the Judicial Inquiry & Review Commission, dated January 17, 2015, alleging that a justice issued an erroneous opinion in an appeal. The Commission has no authority to review a judge’s rulings and decisions.
Robert Q. Harris