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West Virginia legislator charges 3 state Supreme court judges, citing ‘over-the-top” expenditures

West Virginia state Supreme Court justices, from left, Robin Davis on Oct. 3, 2012, Allen Loughry on Oct. 3, 2012, and Margaret workers in Dec. 29, 2008. The West Virginia house of delegates is considering impeachment articles against all four administrations.

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West Virginia legislators tried to remove all the justice on the state’s four-member Supreme Court, in the midst of what you are accused as an “over-the-top” expenses scandal, the three judges on Monday, including Chief Justice Margaret workman.

An article in the indictment against the said Workman and justice Robin Davis signed documents in their role of chief justices so that for the senior-status judges, the salaries are paid higher than allowed. The lawmakers say that the overpayments violated state law and stopped when they were challenged by the Internal Revenue Service.

Earlier Monday, the Republican-led house of delegates voted 64-33 to send an impeachment article against Davis to the Senate for trial. The vote came shortly after the lawmakers accused, accused justice to All Loughry by a vote of 64-33. Loughry is the question of trust vote, which came after about two hours of discussion, took only seconds, NPR reported.

Further articles are under consideration. Justice Beth Walker is the only current justice, was not charged, as of Monday evvening.

The impeachments you don’t remove the judge from office. The article to go to the Senate, which remove formally, the judges only by two-thirds of the votes.

West Virginia House Speaker Pro Tempore John Overington, top, presiding over the beginning of a hearing on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W. Va. The house of delegates renovations, taking account of the impeachment of the entire state Supreme Court in a scandal over $3.2 million in office. (AP Photo/John Raby)

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The fees were mainly renovations in connection with the judges’ use of state resources office. Davis spent more than $500,000 to her office and Loughry spent more than $363,000 on his.

Loughry is under Federal indictment, and the names of eight impeachment articles, including allegations that he lied about a home with a $42,000 antique Desk and a $32,000-suede-leather-couch.

On Monday, Loughry six items, including allegedly driving state vehicles for personal use and the use of state-owned Computer in his home was arraigned under the indictment. He was also accused for his role in the position of higher pay for senior-status judges.

Republican delegate Tom flash said quickly, of Fayette County, that he had seen, the work in Davis’ office, including the track lighting on the floor. He characterized the renovations as “over-the-top” and said the impeachment-article, “is to support the more easy” for him.

But some lawmakers said they had cheat not support impeachment of justice for wasteful spending, only articles in relation to lie, or steal.

Several legislators noted that the Supreme Court has its own budget and is currently allowed to spend, as it just fits. A proposed constitutional amendment this fall would bring, the state courts ” budget, partly under legal control.

But the state GOP delegates John Shott, in the preparation of the indictment-article, said that if West Virginians do not trust your Supreme court, “we need to take action to try to go back to the trust.”

Normally, West Virginia, five judges of the Supreme court are elected to 12-year-old term of the contract. 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.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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