CORRUPTION EXPOSED: Entire West Virginia Supreme Court Impeached
Article from Reason by Joe Setyon.
West Virginia’s House of Delegates has impeached all four of the state’s Supreme Court justices, who allegedly abused their authority and used taxpayer funds for personal gain.
Fourteen articles of impeachment were brought up against Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, and Elizabeth Walker of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Eleven of those articles were officially adopted last night and this morning, putting the justices’ fates in the hands of the state Senate. Davis has already retired from her post. Another former justice, Menis Ketchum, resigned last month and admitted to defrauding the state.
Of the four justices impeached this week, Loughry is probably in the most trouble. According to the articles of impeachment, he wasted more than $363,000 of taxpayer funds on office renovations, including a $32,000 couch. He’s also accused of misusing government vehicles and computer equipment, taking a desk from his office home with him, and lying to the state’s House Finance Committee when questioned about his alleged wrongdoing.
Loughry is facing something worse than just removal from office. In June, he was indicted on multiple counts of fraud. His case is somewhat ironic, considering that he’s the author of a 2006 book about political corruption in West Virginia.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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