West Virginia Supreme Court Halts Impeachment Trials

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Supreme Court has effectively halted impeachment proceedings against a retired justice and a suspended justice.

WCHS-TV reports that the court said in an order that its decision to stop Justice Margaret Workman’s impeachment hearing applies to other justices facing impeachment.

Retired Justice Robin Davis and suspended Justice Allen Loughry petitioned the court to intervene in their trials.

The court ruled earlier this month that articles of impeachment against Workman violate the separation of powers doctrine and that the Senate doesn’t have jurisdiction.

The Senate postponed Workman’s trial after the presiding judge didn’t show up following the court ruling.