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Judge questions motions in W.Va. Gov. Justice residency case

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer of Wheeling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County judge is seeking more information from attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice and the Pendleton County lawmaker in a residency dispute over where the governor spends his time.

W.VA. Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, talks with reporters Wednesday about his legal case against Gov. Jim Justice accusing him of not following the state Constitution.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King held a hearing Wednesday with Justice’s legal team and Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, who brought a writ of mandamus in December asking the court to mandate the governor abide by the West Virginia Constitution and reside in the seat of government in Charleston.

King called the hearing to discuss two motions filed by Justice’s attorneys: former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Carey and George Terwilliger, the former deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. Instead of ruling on the motions, King asked both parties to submit proposed orders while he considers the motions. …

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