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Lawmakers keeping West Virginia Supreme Court in check


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The chambers of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Pending in the Legislature is a resolution from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan, for a Constitutional amendment in 2020 clarifying the Legislature has sole authority over impeachment proceedings.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, under new management, has worked hard to put rules and policies in place to fight the perceptions of corruption that plagued justices over the last year.

But the recent sentencing of former chief justice Allen Loughry on Wednesday to two years in federal prison was a stark reminder that some of the sores from the summer impeachment fight between the court and the Legislature have not completely healed.

Several pieces of legislation are working their way through the legislative process to reform the state’s highest court and restore the balance between the branches of government.

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