Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 17, 2013

W.Va. Supreme Court yanks politico’s law license


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A frequent West Virginia political candidate can no longer practice law.

A unanimous state Supreme Court annulled the law license of H. John Rogers on Monday.

Ethics officials targeted the New Martinsville lawyer after he filed what was deemed a false mental hygiene petition.

Rogers had a Wetzel County cafe owner involuntarily committed to a mental health facility in 2009. Rogers had alleged the man was using drugs and had assaulted him.

A drug test came back positive. Witnesses indicated that Rogers had been the aggressor during a pair of run-ins with the owner.

The 73-year-old Rogers ran for the Supreme Court last year, losing in the Democratic primary. A 1966 graduate of Harvard Law School, he has also run repeatedly for the state Senate and governor, among other offices.