West Virginia Supreme Court Stops Chief Justice's Impeachment Trial

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October 12, 2018

The West Virginia Supreme Court voted 5-0 to stop the impeachment of Chief Justice Margaret Workman, saying that the three Articles of Impeachment that name her violate the state’s separation of powers doctrine, the West Virginia Record reports.

Five circuit judges presided on the state Supreme Court after Workman, Justice Beth Walker (who was recently acquitted in her own impeachment trial), and Justice Paul Farrell recused themselves. The Court said the legislative branch has no authority to prosecute members of the judicial branch and that legislators did not properly follow the state’s due process clause and procedures, which could invalidate all of the articles of impeachment.

A spokeswoman for the state Senate said the body will appeal the order to the U.S. Supreme Court.