We are just learning that Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Justice Joseph P. Albright died yesterday in Pittsburgh where he was receiving treatment for esophageal cancer.  Here is the Saturday Gazette-Mail‘s story, which was just posted, which quotes Justice Thomas E. McHugh, who is serving in Justice Albright’s place, and United States District Judge Robert C.Chambers, who served with Justice Albright in the West Virginia House of Delegates and succeeded him as Speaker.

In addition to being a devoted public servant, Justice Albright was a genuinely decent and nice person.  His death is a huge loss for the Court and for the entire State.