The Supreme Court remains under fire after justices spent millions of taxpayer dollars on lavish office renovations and decorations. The Senate met Monday, but the presiding judge and Chief Justice Margaret Workman – who was facing trial – did not show up. They refused to attend after the acting state Supreme Court ruled the process was unconstitutional, though it could re-hear the case.
“We’d like the Court to reconsider their actions and make the House a party to this legal conversation I guess you could say. So there is the possibility that will happen,” said State Sen. Ryan Ferns, (R) Ohio – Majority Leader.
Others say the high court acted properly.
“I think the court got it exactly right. I think they were deliberative. We don’t have absolute… We the Legislature does not have an absolute right to impeach and remove,” said State Sen. Mike Woelfel, (D) Cabell.
Many lawmakers also say suspended Justice Allen Loughry must be dealt with after 11 federal felony convictions on Friday.
“In light of the criminal conviction in federal court, I would think that we would need to come back into session and incorporate that conviction into some articles of impeachment or an article of impeachment,” said Del. Rodney Miller, (D) Boone.
An appeal of the state court stopping impeachment trials could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Well, it’s not off the table. We understood at the time, that’s a very remote possibility. It’s our appeal process certainly. It’s available to us. And we’re still weighing our options,” said State Sen. Mitch Carmichael, (R) Jackson – Senate President.
Meanwhile, West Virginia is getting more negative national publicity, such as this Washington Post article.
Right now the state Supreme Court is operating with two temporary Justices; one interim Justice; and only two permanent court members. On any given day there are a handful of substitutes. Critics say this is no way to rebuild confidence in the court.