By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman’s impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate is in limbo after the Supreme Court Thursday afternoon issued a writ of prohibition, declaring that the proceedings are in violation of the constitutional provisions of separation of powers and Workman’s right to due process.
However, in a statement Thursday, Senate leadership indicated that it will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court — and plans to proceed with Workman’s impeachment trial as scheduled, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.
While the writ of prohibition specifically refers to Workman’s case, it establishes a precedent to also invalidate pending impeachment trials against retired justice Robin Davis, and suspended Justice Allen Loughry.
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