CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Supreme Court administrator said Tuesday he won't file a complaint against a Putnam Family Court judge who screamed at a pastor during his divorce hearing.
Steve Canterbury said that because Putnam Family Court Judge William Watkins has recused himself from the Rev. Arthur Hage's divorce case, a complaint from Canterbury is not warranted.
"I think the judge is embarrassed, and certainly contrite, about his outburst," Canterbury said, "and I think he has rightfully recused himself."
A video of Watkins, 58, screaming at Hage, 61, in his courtroom was posted online last week, after the pastor sued the judge over the handling of his divorce case.
Watkins believed Hage was responsible for posting a photo of the judge's home on a news website. He said his property has been vandalized several times since the photo appeared.
Hage has said he had nothing to do with the photo or the accompanying story.
He told the Gazette last week that he has filed numerous complaints against Watkins to the state Judicial Investigation Commission, which investigates complaints over judges.