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A state legislative panel is recommending pay raises for West Virginia judges.

The West Virginia Judicial Compensation Commission released its final report on Tuesday and said the state has some of the lowest paid judges in the country.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of landowners’ claims that a company had no right to drill on their property to access oil and gas on other lands.

Ex-West Virginia Justice Gets Probation in Corruption Probe

Mar 6, 2019
Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum, left, leaves federal court with his attorney, Jim Calle, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.
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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice was sentenced to three years’ probation Wednesday for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a golf trip to Virginia.

Menis Ketchum’s sentencing in federal court came at the end of a yearlong impeachment and corruption scandal involving the Supreme Court that resulted in significant changes to the state’s judicial system, including the five-member court’s makeup.

Sentencing Set for Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court Justice

Mar 6, 2019
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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice is due in court for sentencing for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a golf trip to Virginia.

Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, in federal court in Charleston.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in an appeals case Tuesday that could have major implications for residents living near oil and gas operations.

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Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court.

John A. Hutchison of Beckley will serve until a 2020 special election, with the winner serving the remainder of Justice Allen Loughry's term through 2024. The court had a vacancy after Loughry resigned.

In a news release, Justice called Hutchison "one of the most conservative, respected jurists in the state of West Virginia."

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Two prominent Republican politicians are among a pack of attorneys and judges competing Tuesday for a pair of West Virginia Supreme Court positions vacated by justices caught up in a scandal over spending by the court.

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A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was convicted of 11 federal criminal charges has requested a new trial.

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West Virginia's Supreme Court has effectively halted the legislature's remaining efforts to impeach the state's justices as a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court justice who resigned before his colleagues were impeached can no longer practice law in the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday the state Supreme Court formally annulled Menis Ketchum's license to practice law in an Oct. 4 order.

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A West Virginia judicial conduct board has reinstated proceedings against convicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.

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Lawyers for the governor of West Virginia have told the state Supreme Court the meaning of the word "reside" is unclear in a case regarding his residency outside of Charleston.

On this West Virginia Morning, agriculture -- even on a small scale -- could have a big impact in West Virginia’s economy. We’ll hear about one program trying to spur that growth.

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Lawyers representing a handful of Harrison County landowners in an upcoming case set to be heard by the West Virginia Supreme Court are asking Justice Jenkins to recuse himself.

In the motion filed Tuesday, attorneys for the landowners argue Jenkins should remove himself from an an upcoming appeals case because of a potential conflict of interest.

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from a young woman who shares one of the most difficult experiences she’s faced – losing a loved one to a drug overdose; a conversation about loss, faith, and love as we continue hearing the conversations recorded by StoryCorps in West Virginia.

West Virginia House Judiciary Chairman Del. John Shott hands over the articles of impeachment to the Senate last month.
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Tuesday morning, 30 men and four women will walk into the chamber of the West Virginia Senate to participate in historic proceedings– proceedings that haven’t been conducted in the state since 1875, not long after its founding.

Those 34 Senators will take an oath to become 34 jurors and hear evidence in cases for the impeachment of three current and one former member of the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Beth Walker was impeached from the West Virginia Supreme Court.
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The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates received national attention last week for impeaching all four of the state’s sitting Supreme Court justices. Lawmakers cited a swirling scandal over court spending that ranged from using state cars for personal business to extravagant office renovations that included a $32,000 couch.

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Candidates interested in seeking an unexpired term on the West Virginia Supreme Court can file next month for a special election.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about how summer food providers are trying to overcome the challenge of feeding West Virginia kids during the summer months, and we’ll hear the latest on possible impeachment proceedings from the statehouse. These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning.

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A tour of Supreme Court offices has been delayed following concerns about press freedom and potential violations of West Virginia’s open meetings laws as some state delegates push for court transparency. Members of the House Judiciary Committee also agreed to make their tour of the court conditional upon media access being granted to three pool reporters from the press corps covering potential impeachment proceedings of one or more state Supreme Court justices.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state lawmakers have resumed hearings on the possible impeachment of one or more state Supreme Court justices. Members of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from four current employees of the court -- focused mainly on suspended Justice Allen Loughry. Senior reporter Dave Mistich talks about the third day of testimony in these impeachment investigations.

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On this West Virginia Morning, state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday, July 11. Ketchum’s stepping down from the bench comes as the entire West Virginia Supreme Court is under investigation for possible impeachment.

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Legislative auditors have expressed concern on how the West Virginia Supreme Court accumulated around $29 million in its excess revenue funds in fiscal year 2012.

Justin Robinson with the legislative auditor's office says the court had $1.4 million in its rainy-day fund in fiscal year 2007. He says the court accumulated $29 million in its rainy-day fund by fiscal year 2012.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court says a Rhode Island woman whose husband died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel is entitled to West Virginia workers' compensation benefits.

The state Workers' Compensation Board of Review had ruled Louise Moran could not receive the West Virginia benefits because she had earlier been awarded benefits in Rhode Island.

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A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The court also censured Pauley for violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct.

West Virginia Campaign Finance Probe Ends Amid Questions

Dec 19, 2017
Justice Robin Jean Davis questions a point  in a rehearing of a $76 million judgment awarded to Harman Mining Co. against Massey Energy Co. before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston, W.Va.
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State investigations into a series of 2012 re-election campaign contributions to a West Virginia Supreme Court justice have concluded without prosecutions, but questions remain about several $1,000 donations linked to a Mississippi personal injury lawyer who had a major case before the five-member court, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

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The chief justice of West Virginia's highest court has been parting with furniture this week.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that workers on Thursday took a desk from Justice Allen Loughry's Charleston home to a Supreme Court warehouse.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the state education board's authority to reject Nicholas County's plan to consolidate multiple schools into a single campus following flood damage.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court says the state board "is vested with the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority to exercise its discretion" in accepting or rejecting the county plan.

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West Virginia's highest court ruled Friday that a judge made a mistake blocking the state's "right-to-work" law from taking effect after it was passed last year while the court challenge against it continued.

The Supreme Court, divided 3-2, concluded the unions opposing the law "failed to show a likelihood of success" in challenging its constitutionality.

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Landowners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the reversal by West Virginia's highest court concluding natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights.

In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court reversed its November ruling in the case after Justice Beth Walker was elected and replaced Justice Brent Benjamin.

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