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The west face of the Supreme Court of the United States is seen in this general view. Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington D.C.
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The West Virginia House of Delegates has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case attempting to overturn a decision by the state’s high court that dismissed impeachment cases last year.

The west face of the Supreme Court of the United States is seen in this general view. Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington D.C.
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An attorney for a West Virginia Supreme Court justice is arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should not take up the question of how states allocate power among their branches of government.

Allen Loughry
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West Virginia's Supreme Court has banned a former justice now in federal prison from ever practicing law or seeking public office again in the state.

Thorney Lieberman / West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Candidates are starting to line up for Supreme Court races next year in West Virginia.

Three seats are up for grabs on May 12, 2020.

The West Virginia Supreme Court chamber
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Four West Virginia Supreme Court justices are speaking at a meeting this week.

They will speak Tuesday at the West Virginia Bar Association's Bench & Bar meeting in Clarksburg. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation following at 6:30 p.m. at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center.

Beth Walker
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After a year of scandal involving lavish spending that led to the entire bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals being impeached, the court gave a budget presentation to the Senate Finance Committee. While Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker outlined the entire court system’s budget and the implementation of new spending policies Tuesday, attention was heavily focused on a recent transaction to a women’s clothing and lingerie retailer.

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

A resolution introduced in the West Virginia Senate seeks to require that the Legislature’s upper chamber confirm Supreme Court appointments made by the governor. The proposal comes following a year of scandal surrounding the state’s high court, which lead to three appointments by the goveror.

Senate Joint Resolution 8 was introduced Monday and referred to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Republican Patricia Rucker is the lead sponsor of the resolution.

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The leader of West Virginia's Senate said he's mulling his options after the state Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling that halted the impeachment process of several justices.

The West Virginia Supreme Court chamber
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Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court after the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry.

 

Gov. Jim Justice's office says in a news release that the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications through a Dec. 3 deadline. Interviews will be held on Dec. 11.

Allen Loughry
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Suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has stepped down following a nearly year-long scandal and a federal conviction. His resignation from the bench comes just days before lawmakers were again set to consider the embattled justice’s impeachment.

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Gov. Jim Justice has called a special session of the West Virginia Legislature to again consider the impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.

Lawmakers will return to the matter Tuesday. They will already be in Charleston for their monthly interim committee meetings.

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West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker will take the helm as chief justice at the beginning of next year. Walker’s selection as the state’s next chief justice comes after she was acquitted earlier this month after an impeachment trial in the state Senate.

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A temporary bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an order that effectively halts pending impeachment trials for two other justices of the state’s high court. The order follows an opinion that blocked the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Margaret Workman.

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The West Virginia Judicial Investigations Commission says it is prepared to move forward with formal disciplinary action against suspended Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. In two separate documents filed Monday, the commission has amended a statement of charges against the embattled justice and also asked that disciplinary proceedings against him begin.

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Gov. Jim Justice says he isn’t planning to call the Legislature back into session to address pending impeachment trials after a temporary bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court halted the trial of the state’s chief justice.

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Moments after West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael gaveled in Monday morning, an anticipated but nevertheless awkward silence fell across the chamber. But that silence, indicating a roadblock in impeachment proceedings, gave way to lengthy discussions about what might happen next.

Allen Loughry
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A federal jury has convicted a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice of some charges at his criminal trial, found him not guilty of others and deadlocked on one count.

Margaret Workman
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This is a developing story and may be updated.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals says the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Margaret Workman is unconstitutional. A writ of prohibition was granted Thursday, effectively blocking Workman’s impeachment trial from moving forward.

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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. 

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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.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed cases seeking to challenge appointments to -- and a special election campaign for -- the high court. Arguments were heard Monday and an order was issued hours later in matters involving Congressman Evan Jenkins and former House Speaker Tim Armstead.

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Updated: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.

 

West Virginia’s House Minority Whip is requesting the governor to call the legislature back into session to consider impeaching a former state Supreme Court justice who was not included in earlier proceedings.

 

In a Thursday letter, Del. Mike Caputo asked the Gov. Jim Justice to bring lawmakers back to Charleston to consider impeaching former Justice Menis Ketchum.

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A candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has filed suit to remove another candidate from the ballot and seeks to prohibit the recent temporary appointments of two justices to the bench of the state’s high court.

Charleston attorney William Schwartz has filed a writ of mandamus and a writ of prohibition with the West Virginia Supreme Court to have Congressman Evan Jenkins' name removed from the November ballot in his bid for a seat on the bench and stop his appointment. The filing also argues that former House Speaker Tim Armstead’s appointment is unconstitutional.

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Two West Virginia Supreme Court justices awaiting impeachment trials have filed motions with the state Senate ahead of pre-trial proceedings. Attorneys for Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Beth Walker filed motions with the Senate Clerk's office Friday, with Workman asking for her trial to begin after mid-October and Walker asking for her case to be dismissed altogether.

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice appointed West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead and Congressman Evan Jenkins to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

The appointments will last until a November special election to fill the remainder of the terms and follow controversy that has surrounded the state’s high court, leading to impeachments, resignations and federal charges.

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The West Virginia Senate has begun its part in the impeachment of West Virginia Supreme Court justices. The chamber gaveled in Monday and adopted rules of procedure that will dictate the Court of Impeachment.

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Last updated on Aug. 21, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

Two West Virginia Supreme Court seats will appear on the midterm election ballot later this fall.

West Virginians have until midnight on Aug. 21 to file for either seat. Voters will decide on Nov. 6 who fills those seats.

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Margaret Workman
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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.

W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis announcing her retirement on August 14, 2018.
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Following the impeachment of all four remaining justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Justice Robin Davis has announced her retirement. She made the annoucement Tuesday morning in the court chambers. Her retirement is effective Monday, August 13.

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