West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s two appointments to fill vacancies on the state’s Supreme Court have been upheld by the court’s acting judges, the West Virginia Record reports.
Two West Virginia attorneys challenged the appointments of former U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead to the Court since they are both Republicans and will fill the seats of former justices who were elected as Democrats. The challengers said this violated West Virginia law, even though the state’s judges are now elected in non-partisan elections. Just hours after oral arguments, the court said “there is no clear right to the relief sought by the petitioners.”
Gov. Justice said the ruling is a “victory for every West Virginian who’s ready to put a stop to the wasteful spending and misuse of taxpayer dollars.”