Davis federal case slows in wake of West Virginia state court ruling

By LACIE PIERSON

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Whether a federal lawsuit filed by former West Virginia Supreme Court justice Robin Davis will continue depends on whether the state Supreme Court expands an existing ruling to halt impeachment proceedings against Davis in the state Senate.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston on Monday indefinitely delayed hearing arguments in Davis’ case after members of a specially appointed West Virginia Supreme Court last week blocked the state Senate’s impeachment trial against Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman.

In court documents filed in her federal case Monday, Davis is anticipating that the Supreme Court will similarly rule in her favor, putting her impeachment trial in a legislative and judicial stalemate similar to Workman’s, which would negate the need for a federal injunction.

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