CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One West Virginia Supreme Court justice has survived an impeachment scare. Another could face more serious consequences.
Justice Beth Walker will remain in office after state senators overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to reject an impeachment article against her after a two-day trial.
Walker was accused of abusing her authority. The impeachment charge stated she and other justices failed to control office expenses and maintain policies over matters such as working lunches and state vehicle use.
Meanwhile, a federal jury has been seated in the criminal trial of suspended Justice Allen Loughry.
Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday on a 25-count indictment accusing Loughry — in part — of repeatedly lying about using his office for personal gain. He has pleaded not guilty.