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West Virginia Senate asks Supreme Court to reconsider Workman decision


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

State Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, tells the Senate what the next steps are in the impeachment process for Chief Justice Margaret Workman.
(News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — What was supposed to be the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Margaret Workman Monday screeched to a halt after Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent after an appointed panel of justices ruled that impeachment procedures could not continue.

The response Monday morning from the West Virginia Senate, which would have sat as a jury to decide whether to remove Workman from office, was to ask the state Supreme Court of Appeals to rehear the case and for the House of Delegates to be named as the defendants, not the Senate.

“What should we do? I believe we should ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider part of its decision,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan. “The part that relates to its adjudication of the priority of the procedures used in the House of Delegates.”

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