Former Court Administrator Gives Scathing Testimony on Justice Loughry

Jul 26, 2018

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Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from former West Virginia Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury. It’s part of an ongoing impeachment investigation of one or more justices on state’s high court.

 

Canterbury gave scathing testimony mostly focused on Justice Allen Loughry -- on everything from the suspended justice’s use of state vehicles, his involvement in lavish spending on office renovations, as well as conflicts over supposed court policies on travel and home offices.

 

He also described an alleged instance of sexual harassment that he says he became aware of while Loughry was a clerk for Justice Spike Maynard.  

Canterbury described his firing by Loughry to committee members and a moment when he referred to Loughry as a simulacrum.

"I see a lot of puzzled expressions about what ‘simulacrum’ means," Canterbury said to the committee. "‘Simulacrum’ means ‘an elaborate fraud.’ It seemed [to be] the best word to describe him at the time. I was angry.”

Members of the committee are expected to review documents and call additional witnesses Friday. The committee has also issued Loughry’s wife a subpoena to testify, but will delay her testimony until she has retained an attorney.