West Virginia Supreme Court Replaces Chief Justice

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Supreme Court announced late Friday afternoon it has elected a new chief justice, Margaret Workman, to replace Allen Loughry.

Workman issued a brief release through the court saying it’s the start of a long process to restore public respect for the court.

Loughry also issued a release through the court indicating he asked federal authorities in 2016 to investigate court practices and said he believes the vote Friday is a response to his cooperation with authorities.

Last April, the court changed its rules and elected Loughry to a four-year term, the first four-year term for a chief justice since 1888.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that legislative auditors said they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year. There have been weeks of controversy over spending at the court.