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Kanawha County judge to consider motion to dismiss in WV Gov. Justice residency case


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, speaks to reporters after a hearing for his writ of mandamus to require Gov. Jim Justice to reside in Charleston. (News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County judge is still considering a motion by attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice to dismiss a case asking the court to force him to live in Charleston, but granted a motion Wednesday to halt discovery of documents and evidence.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King heard arguments for and against the motions presented by David Pogue and Mike Carey, representing Justice, and Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, who filed the third case against Justice in December.

Sponaugle is seeking a writ of mandamus, a ruling from the court ordering Justice to abide by the constitutional provision requiring executive branch elected officials to live in the seat of government in Charleston. Justice lives in Lewisburg in Greenbrier County.

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