Suit accuses Putnam family law judge of abusing authority, unprofessional conduct

May 10, 2012 Full story: The West Virginia Record 92

A pastor is seeking to stop a Putnam County judge's directives he says are destroying his family.

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Putnam Johnny

Belle, WV

#1 May 10, 2012
Watkins is a great man. This article is rubbish.

New York, NY

#2 May 10, 2012
This is crazy! I think he is a very fair judge.
Putnam Johnny

Belle, WV

#3 May 10, 2012
lisa wrote:
This is crazy! I think he is a very fair judge.
Watkins is the best!

Sterling, VA

#4 May 10, 2012
Watkins is a disgrace to the legal profession.
i know her too

New York, NY

#5 May 10, 2012
I had no problem with him at all. I think he's the best too!!

Hurricane, WV

#6 May 10, 2012
Hage is a joke n all about money
Watkins is THE BEST !!!
Leave Watkins Alone

Charleston, WV

#7 May 10, 2012
If you all think he's the best, then you've obviously never had him in court. He doesn't do what's best for anyone. He does whatever is fastest for him to get the case over with.
Tired of hyocrites

Prichard, WV

#9 May 11, 2012
Art Hage is insane and after money. Judge Watkins has a great record. Hages family is smart to get away from him. No man of God would do the things he does. He's a God profaner.

Saint Albans, WV

#10 May 11, 2012
Idk this Hage guy, but in my Divorce case Watkins was a very fair and impartial judge for my case. I can see how he can come across as harsh in his actions and his words, but he is a good judge and I honestly Belive that he really takes into consideration everything about a case before giving a verdict.

United States

#11 May 11, 2012
This guy sued his daughters for amounts ranging from $400,000 to $1 Billion, yes with a B. This guy needs mental help.

Prichard, WV

#12 May 11, 2012
Sounds like Watkins ruled this one right. Hage is abusing the tax payers and his "family".

Huntington, WV

#13 May 12, 2012
Does no one realize how many lawsuits have been brought against Watkins in the last year alone? You don't see any other judge getting lawsuits and ethics complaints against them on a regular basis.
Putnam Johnny

United States

#14 May 12, 2012
Hage is a nut job

Calumet City, IL

#15 May 12, 2012
I think this pracher sounds like he needs psychiatric help. If his wife wants a divorce why would he want to prevent it. From what I've heard he's the one that has been bad mouthing her. Why would she want to back to him? Sounds to me like the judge was making a necessary ruling. Someone above mentioned the preacher was a tax abuser. I've wondered about that........seems like the "church" owns a lot of propeties and is trying to get more. Why? Are all the others in use? Something seems mighty strange there.
that guy

Hurricane, WV

#16 May 12, 2012
He's an evangelist. They're all money grubbers.
Except for Billy Graham. He's the only legit one of the bunch.
about time

Prichard, WV

#17 May 13, 2012
Hage is the same dude in the news not long ago, who needed our money for the Pink Pony and the more than a half a dozen buildings ( total worth= millions?)that sit empty, tax free that he and his "church" already own. Go to work,Hage, get an hosest job. The judge is a good man.

Waverly, OH

#18 Jun 29, 2012
It is money grubbers like him to waste valuable time and money by taking up unnecessay time in the courts. The tax payer pays for in the end.
He can't stand the fact that his wife got the restraining order against him and he isn't able to talk about her illness. He probably wants to talk about it to scam some more money from his job at the church. Sympathy money.
Anyone can get a restraining order against someone else. He could bring in every person in WVa for his character witness. It will do no good unless they were there when the crime happened and were eye witnesses.
It is easy to see he is an abuser just by reading the past news articles about him He thinks he is God.

Waverly, OH

#19 Jun 29, 2012
Additionally, Hage says Watkins refused to listen to his pleas about getting Lillian treatment for her perceived hormonal and chemical imbalance. Instead, Hage says Watkins, in granting the protective order, prohibited him from discussing Lillian's medical condition with anyone until the order expires in 2030.
See he can't discuss her medical condition until 2030. Now you tell me why he would even want to do such a thing to his wife. Go around talking about her to others about her medical history???
He is sick sick sick.


#21 Jun 30, 2012
Putnam Johnny wrote:
Watkins is a great man. This article is rubbish.
And you my dear friend, are just STUPID. Get your head out of the sand and see what is going on around you. Putnam Co. Courts are a JOKE - all of them.


#22 Jun 30, 2012
To "Putnam Johnny" - are you blind? or maybe just don't know any better. You do not have any good sense about you, you are a moran. Do your homework.

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