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West Virginia Justice Workman requests trial start date, plans motions to dismiss impeachment charges

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers representing West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman filed a motion to the state Senate Friday requesting that an impeachment trial start no earlier than Oct. 15, citing the daunting nature of the proceedings for the proposed timeline.

In the motion, Workman’s lawyers argue that the details of the impending impeachment trial are too complex and the related evidence too vast for it to be possible to construct a “robust defense” before Oct. 15.

“In a criminal case of comparable complexity, the parties would generally be afforded at least six months to digest the legal and factual issues in order to ready themselves for the trial,” the motion reads. “In a comparable civil matter, the parties would expect to have no less than one year to prepare their presentations, and frequently much longer.”

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