An attorney running for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court is preparing a legal challenge over Gov. Jim Justice’s temporary appointments, the West Virginia Record reports.
William Schwartz said he will object to Gov. Justice’s appointment of U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins and former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead as temporary justices. He said Gov. Justice is legally required to appoint Democrats to fill the seats, since they were held by justices that were elected as Democrats. Both of the outgoing justices were elected before judicial races became non-partisan in the state.
The seats are open after Justices Menis Ketchum and Robin Jean Davis resigned in the wake of federal and state investigations into allegations of improper spending.