On Tuesday, the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee adopted articles of impeachment against all four sitting justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court. A fifth justice, Menis Ketchum, had previously resigned after pleading guilty to wire fraud.
The full House of Delegates will consider the articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Robin Davis, Allen Loughry, and Beth Walker as early as next Monday. The charges center around lavish spending on office remodeling and misuse of other state resources. Loughry is also facing criminal charges after being indicted on unrelated charges.
If the House adopts any of the articles by a simple majority, the process advances to the Senate. Any justice found guilty by a two-thirds vote of the Senate on any charge would be removed from the bench and banned from ever seeking public office again in the state.
“This appears to be the quintessential example of how even a good person, once elected to a long term [12 years], can view the taxpayers as their own personal piggy banks,” said Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.
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