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West Virginia lawmakers move to accuse the entire Supreme Court

Justice Allen Loughry faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines.

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West Virginia House Judiciary Committee postponed charges of the state, the entire Supreme court this week.

The Commission has 14 articles of impeachment against the four judges on Tuesday, and they will now go to the full house of delegates for a vote.

The article claims that the judge – Chief Justice Margaret worker and the judge All Loughry, Robin Davis and Elizabeth Walker have to uncover the corruption, incompetence, disregard of duty, maladministration, and certain high-crime.

The judges are also accused of “lavish spending of taxpayers’ money turning on elaborate office renovations,” the use of public vehicles for personal questions and create a plan to pay some of the high judge said as lawful, the Committee

“This is truly a sad day for West Virginia, but it is an important step forward, if we go to the restoration of confidence, said to the public in the justice system,” state Rep. John Shott, a Republican, the Chairman of the judiciary Committee, in a statement. “This Committee had these expenses easily. After reviewing all the evidence available to us, it was clear that a culture of entitlement, and the neglect of both the law and the taxpayers will damage the reputation of our judiciary and that all judges had been against the public trust.”

Apart from the indictment, Loughry was previously suspended for allegedly repeatedly lying about using his office for personal gain. He pleaded not guilty in Federal court in June to counts more in the case of suspected fraud.

His trial is expected to start in early October. If convicted, he faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines.

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Among the offenses, Loughry is accused of a government vehicle and credit card to personal travel, and unlawful conversion of a historically significant piece of furniture for your own use a Desk that belonged to the famous architect Cass Gilbert. He was also charged with the attempt to restrict bribes and influence testimonial evidence of the Supreme court of the staff in an imminent grand jury investigation.

State Rep., Barbara Fleischauer, a Democrat, said the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the lumping of all the administrations together in the indictment seemed to be a “coup” the way to help the Republican Gov. Jim Justice the right to appoint his choices to the court.

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Normally, West Virginia, five judges of the Supreme court, which are chosen reported to serve a 12-year term, NPR.

However, Menis E. Ketchum resigned from the state Supreme Court in July after he was accused of alleged Federal wire fraud. He pleaded to charge guilty to a crime, defrauding the state and faces up to 20 years in prison, according to WSAZ-TV.

The majority of the house will need to move to the vote, the indictment to the state Senate. It, two-thirds of the legislature must, in order to adopt a vote to remove the article, no justice out of office.

The full house of delegates to come back to the meeting on Monday, 13. August.

Loughry, who took office in 2012, was selected to serve as Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court in April 2017, but a year later was replaced, amid reports that he and other justice spent more than a million dollars in public funds. He is suspended since then without pay.

Fox News’ Andrew O ‘ Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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