West Virginia Supreme Court impeachments: What got us here?

In case you haven’t heard, the entirety of the West Virginia State Supreme Court – five members – may be impeached and removed from office. But how did it come to that?

  • Legislative audits of the West Virginia State Supreme Court were conducted in April, May, and June 2018. The April 2018 audit concluded Justices Allen Loughry and Menis Ketchum drove state vehicles for personal use without reporting it on their tax returns. The audit said Loughry drove state vehicles without documenting the use and questioned whether the use was for business purposes. There was also an investigation into an alleged misuse of state funds, specifically relating to $360,000 spent to renovate offices at the courthouse. The impeachment articles against the four remaining justices accused them of misusing more than $1,000,000 collectively in state funds.
  • These audits triggered an impeachment investigation into all five members of the West Virginia Supreme Court, which the West Virginia House of Delegates authorized on June 26. The resolution noted the filing of a formal statement of charges and an indictment against Justice Allen Loughry, who was suspended from the court without pay. Impeachment hearings were held July 12-27.
  • Justice Menis Ketchum submitted a resignation letter on July 11, which stated he would resign effective July 27. Justice Davis resigned on August 14, following an impeachment vote.
  • The West Virginia House of Delegates voted to impeach Justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Jean Davis, and Beth Walker on August 13.
  • For the remaining three justices, impeachment proceedings will advance to the West Virginia State Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote is required to convict and remove the justices from office.

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