The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia voted to replace Chief Justice Allen Loughry.
Friday the court voted to change the leadership of the Court, effective immediately. The Court elect Margaret Workman as Chief Justice through December 31, 2018.
“It’s time to begin what will be a very long process of restoring public respect for the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Workman said in a statement.
Former Chief Justice Loughry said he’s called for a federal investigation.
“In 2016, I requested a federal investigation into certain practices and procedures within the Supreme Court. At the time, I was dismayed with those procedures and practices and felt that I had a legal and ethical obligation to contact federal authorities. In my opinion, the action taken by the court today is in response to my cooperation with federal authorities. I defer to the federal prosecutor’s office for more information,” Loughry said.
In response to these comments, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart released the following statement:
“Regarding various media reports concerning the West Virginia Supreme Court, in accordance with Department of Justice Policy, the United States will neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”