Love judge gets ready for his biggest day of the year

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia Judge Thomas Bedell is getting ready for a big day a week from Friday. It will be Valentine's Day.

Whenever Valentine's Day falls on a weekday, the Harrison County judge presides over a group wedding.

Instead of defendants and plaintiffs, couples will be in his courtroom for the noon-hour ceremony.

It will be the 12th time Bedell has done the group wedding.

The Exponent Telegram reports part of the fun will be a best kiss contest for the newlyweds, with the audience helping to judge.