Justice Beth Walker

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

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West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker has been spared in her impeachment trial and will remain in office. The verdict came Tuesday after Senators deliberated for more than an hour over one article of impeachment accusing her -- and three other justices on the state's high court -- of maladministration for failing to hold on another accountable in a nearly year-long scandal involving court spending. 

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A West Virginia Supreme Court justice standing trial in the Court of Impeachment expressed regret for her role in a nearly year-long scandal involving spending while asserting that she doesn’t feel she should be removed from office. Senators, acting as jurors, heard testimony from four witnesses in the trial of Justice Beth Walker as proceedings kicked off Monday.

Margaret Workman
Courtesy West Virginia Press Association

Two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals say they will not resign, despite being impeached by the House of Delegates.

The Tuesday announcements from Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Beth Walker came hours before a deadline that would trigger a November special election to fill the remainder of any terms left by vacancies. Their statements followed the resignation of another justice Tuesday.

West Virginia Supreme Court to Have Female Majority

Dec 28, 2016

West Virginia will be one of 11 states with a majority of women on their high courts starting next week.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Supreme Court will have a female majority for the first time when Beth Walker takes the bench Jan. 1.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s newest elected member of the state Supreme Court has taken her oath of office and is now officially ready to assume the bench in January. 

Current Justice Allen Loughry administered the oath of office to Justice-elect Beth Walker in the Supreme Court chamber on the Capitol grounds.