14 of 16 Impeachment Amendments Adopted

West Virginia

A historic legislative process that could eventually remove all West Virginia Supreme Court Justices is moving forward. Tuesday, a key house committee voted to recommend impeachment of members of the state’s high court after an investigation over lavash spending.

Members of the house judiciary committee recommend the impeachment process move forward against all four remaining justices.Committee members passed all but two of the 16 articles of impeachment 

According to Jared Hunt, the Communications Director, for the house of delegates, the summary of the 16 articles considered today include:

  1. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justice Davis of wrongfully approving the of overpayment of Senior Status Judges during their tenure as Chief Justice. 
  2. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justices Loughry, Davis and Walker of failure to properly carry out the administrative duties of the court.  
  3. Accusing Justice Loughry of illegally possessing a historic “Cass Gilbert” desk at his private residence.
  4. Accusing Justice Loughry of improperly using state government computer equipment and hardware for personal use at home.
  5. Accusing Justice Loughry of using state vehicles and a fuel purchase card for personal use.
  6. Accusing Justice Loughry of issuing an administrative order wrongfully approving the of overpayment of Senior Status Judges during his tenure as Chief Justice. 
  7. Accusing Justice Loughry of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.
  8. Accusing Justice Walker of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.
  9. Accusing Justice Walker of wasteful spending by hiring outside counsel to craft a legal opinion of the court.  – REJECTED
  10. Accusing Justice Davis of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.
  11. Accusing Justice Davis of signing forms to wrongfully approve the of overpayment of Senior Status Judges. 
  12. Accusing Chief Justice Workman of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.
  13. Accusing Chief Justice Workman of unnecessarily hiring or retaining individuals who worked for her political campaigns to work for the court. – REJECTED
  14. Accusing Chief Justice Workman of signing forms to wrongfully approve the of overpayment of Senior Status Judges. 
  15. Accusing Justice Loughry of deceiving the House Finance Committee while under oath.
  16. Accusing Justice Loughry of wasteful spending by using state funds for framing of personal items.

The house will meet in a special session next Monday, August 13, at 10 AM. If the house approves the articles of impeachment, the senate would have to adopt the articles for a trial to begin. There it would take two-thirds vote to remove a justice from office. 

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