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WV Justices Get Ready to Defend Themselves

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - In the continuing West Virginia Supreme Court spending scandal, one justice has been defending herself on Facebook, and in the media.

Chief Justice Margaret Workman, says much of the renovation to her office, was for permanent fixtures such as flooring and bookshelves. At $111,000, renovations to Workman's office were the least of any of the justices. 

"Where I spent the money that I spent, was on permanent fixtures. All the built-in cabinets, shelving and flooring that will be here 100 years from now," said Chief Justice Margaret Workman, West Virginia Supreme Court.

Workman also says she was not against the press touring offices with lawmakers, as long as the exact layout of hallways and offices were not shown for security reasons.

"Well originally I think our staff had talked with Chairman Shott and they agreed it wasn't a public meeting. There really wasn't any controversy. However I know some of the members, they said it should be open.  And we have no objection to that except for anything related to security," said Chief Justice Margaret Workman, West Virginia Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Justice Beth Walker has now hired a law firm to defend here, and it issued a statement saying quote: "Since joining the Court in 2017, Beth has been nothing but fair to everyone who has come before her." But as the process moves forward, a former delegate who helped manage that last impeachment in 1989, offered this:

"I think at this point, it would be best if all of the Justices resigned. And we need to get new Justices as soon as feasible and start over," said Former Delegate Mark Harmon, (R) Grant.

The full House takes up the Articles of Impeachment on Monday.

"Lawmakers have other options than just removing Justices from office. They could absolve them of any wrongdoing, or they could take the middle ground and issue a public reprimand," said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.


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