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West Virginia Senate pushes back against Workman; says petition to stop impeachment is unconstitutional


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Attorneys for the West Virginia Senate are pushing back hard against an effort by Chief Justice Margaret Workman to put a stop to her Oct. 15 impeachment trial, as well as raising questions about the impartiality of one of the acting justices.

The Senate, represented by the Bowles Rice law firm in Charleston, filed a response Thursday to a petition filed by Workman with an all-appointed Supreme Court of Appeals to put the brakes on her impending impeachment trial.

The Senate is acting as a jury in the court of impeachment with Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell, a Cabell County circuit judge, serving as the presiding officer. The Senate will consider 11 articles of impeachment against Workman, justices Allen Loughry and Beth Walker, and former justice Robin Davis.

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