By LACIE PIERSON
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry didn’t deny he took trips in state vehicles and had state-owned furniture in his home.
However, Loughry told the jurors who will determine his fate that it was his understanding he was allowed to use those state resources to promote the Supreme Court and to complete court work from home.
During the fifth day of his trial, Loughry said other court officials, including former justice Brent Benjamin, either lied or misremembered certain conversations, and other court employees, including former court administrator Steve Canterbury, told him his actions were acceptable and even facilitated his use of those resources.
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