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Del. Sponaugle responds to filing by W.Va. Gov. Justice in residency petition

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice have filed a response to a petition filed by Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asking the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to require the governor to abide by the state Constitution by residing in Charleston.

When Sponaugle read the response filed Oct. 16 by Justice attorneys Michael Carey and David Pogue, he was reminded of another famous chief executive who argued over the meaning of a word.

“My first reaction was they were going with the Bill Clinton ‘it depends on your meaning of ‘is’ is’ defense,” Sponaugle said.

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