April 15, 1862
We understand, from reliable authority, that Judge Summers, of Kanawha, is about to present himself before the U. S. Court, and ask leave to plead the cases of those who have been indicted for treason in that county. As the Judge narrowly escaped an indictment himself, contrary, as everybody admits, to his deserts, it is not surprising that he has a strong inclination to make an argument on that side of the question. Before he obtains that privilege, however, we hope that the Court will put him to his purgations. We trust that Judge Jackson will see narrowly to it, that such a questionable loyalist goes through the last formula necessary to satisfy the standard of practice in his Court. Judge Summers has much to answer for.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: April 1862