West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Charged With Violating Code of Judicial Conduct

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June 07, 2018

The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission (JIC) filed a motion to suspend Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct, the West Virginia Record reports.

The JIC charged Loughry with 32 counts of violating the code by making “false statements with the deliberate attempt to deceive, engaged in sophism and gave disinformation with the intent to harm another person.” At issue is Loughry’s denial of involvement in renovation decisions to his office, which include a $32,000 couch, $1,700 for throw pillows, and a $7,500 for a wooden medallion. Loughry is also accused of keeping a federal subpoena secret from the rest of the court.

The chief justice will appoint four new judges to hear the case after the other justices recused themselves from hearing it.