West Va. Gov. Appoints Raleigh Judge To Supreme Court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court.

Justice announced on Wednesday he has appointed John A. Hutchison of Beckley to the high court.

The court had a vacancy after the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Hutchison will serve until a 2020 special election, with the winner serving the remainder of Loughry’s term through 2024.

In a news release, Justice called Hutchison “one of the most conservative, respected jurists in the state of West Virginia.”

Loughry’s resignation was effective Nov. 12, about a month after a federal jury convicted him on 11 charges. He was suspended from his seat earlier this year over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain.