CHARLESTON — Five circuit judges were assigned to temporarily sit on the state Supreme Court to hear Chief Justice Margaret Workman’s petition to halt an impeachment trial. The acting chief justice, James Matish, of Harrison County, was named Friday. On Monday, Matish named Judge Ronald Wilson, of Hancock County, Judge Duke Bloom, of Kanawha County, Judge Rudolph Murensky, of McDowell County, and Judge Jacob Reger, of Upshur County, to fill out the court. Workman on Friday filed a petition with the very Supreme Court she serves on, challenging the legality of impeachment proceedings in the House of Delegates and requesting a stay of impeachment trial in the Senate. Workman issued an order disqualifying herself from hearing her own petition for writ of mandamus. Justice Beth Walker also disqualified herself, as did Paul Farrell, a Cabell circuit judge who is serving in place of suspended Justice Allen Loughry. Farrell is presiding over the impeachment trials in the Senate. … [Read more...] about Judges assigned to hear petition over impeachment of chief justice
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CHARLESTON — Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins said Wednesday on MetroNews “Talkline” he’ll be a candidate for the state Supreme Court seat retired Justice Robin Davis used to hold. Meanwhile, House Speaker Tim Armstead is among the names listed as possibilities to temporarily fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Menis Ketchum. Jenkins, whose time in Congress comes to an end at the end of the year, has hinted about a Supreme Court run for a few weeks. He made an announcement via email Tuesday and backed it up Wednesday with his reason for running. “To restore the public’s trust in our state’s highest court,” Jenkins said. A spending controversy has resulted in federal criminal counts against suspended Justice Allen Loughry and retired Justice Menis Ketchum and 11 Articles of Impeachment approved by the House of Delegates this week naming Loughry, Chief Justice Margaret Workman, Justice Beth Walker and the now retired Davis. … [Read more...] about Congressman Evan Jenkins to run for Davis seat
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been indicted. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said at a news conference in Charleston Wednesday that Loughry has been indicted on 22 charges, including 16 counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of witness tampering and three counts of making false statements to a federal agent. If convicted of all the charges, Loughry faces a sentence of up to 395 years, a fine of up to $5.5 million and supervised release period of three years. "A federal grand jury has charged a justice on the state's high court with numerous and serious federal crimes," Stuart said. "It's a solemn day for West Virginia and for all West Virginians, on this day - West Virginia Day. The people of our state deserve better. They've worked too hard and too long to tolerate misconduct that strikes at the heart of the public's trust of elected officials." Stuart said Loughry was arrested at 7 a.m. by the … [Read more...] about West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted on 22 charges
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — More than 470 Eastern Panhandle residents cast ballots Wednesday on the first of 10 days in which voters can vote ahead of the May 8 primary election.By Wednesday at about 5 p.m., 212 Berkeley County residents had cast their ballots at the voter-registration office at 110 W. King St. in Martinsburg.In Jefferson County, W.Va., 180 residents cast ballots Wednesday, and 82 voters turned out in Morgan County, W.Va.Early voting continues through May 5, including Saturdays, but not Sunday. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Berkeley County and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Jefferson and Morgan counties.Donnie Plotner, chief deputy county clerk for voter registration and elections, said the state's new voter-identification law didn't appear to pose a hardship for early voters."We haven't had any issues," he said.Residents only need to present an item with their name on it, such as a utility bill, debit or credit card, or driver's license to vote, Plotner said."If the poll … [Read more...] about More than 470 cast ballots on first day of early voting in W.Va.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two candidates are vying for the Division 2 seat on West Virginia's 23rd Judicial Circuit state trial court in the May 8 primary election.The Division 2 seat currently is held by Debra MH McLaughlin, who was appointed in August by Gov. Jim Justice to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge John C. Yoder last summer.David Hammer also has filed for the unexpired term, which ends in 2024.Judges in the circuit are elected to eight-year terms by voters in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in a nonpartisan contest. An appointee to the judicial circuit bench who wishes to remain in office must run in the next election.Circuit judges are paid $126,000 per year, according to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.Herald-Mail Media asked the candidates what sets them apart — besides their professional experience — from the other candidates vying for the 23rd Judicial Circuit bench. These are their answers:Hammer: Thirty years of vast … [Read more...] about Two vie for Division 2 seat in W.Va. 23rd Judicial Circuit