WVa Governor Calls Special Session On Suspended Justice

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CHARLETON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called the state Legislature into special session next week to consider removal of suspended Justice Allen Loughry.

The session is to convene Tuesday to consider matters including impeachment, trial and other issues.

The West Virginia Supreme Court last month effectively halted the Legislature’s remaining efforts to impeach the state’s justices as a violation of the separate of power doctrine.

The court ruled that the Senate doesn’t have jurisdiction to pursue its impeachment trial of Justice Margaret Workman. The Senate postponed Workman’s trial after the presiding judge didn’t show up following the court ruling. A panel of acting justices said that its decision to stop Workman’s impeachment hearing also applies to retired Justice Robin Davis and Loughry, who had petitioned the court to intervene.