August 9, 2018
 West Virginia Supreme Court Impeachments - Latest Developments and Update
On August 7, 2018, the Judiciary Committee of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to move forward with 12 articles of impeachment against four sitting justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia stemming from alleged overcompensation of senior status judges, improper use of state property, and inappropriate use of state funds. Articles of impeachment were brought against Justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Davis, and Beth Walker. No articles were issued against Justice Menis Ketchum, who previously resigned his position on the Court. Justice Ketchum's seat will be on the ballot in the November 2018 general election. Prior to that election, his position on the Supreme Court could be filled by an appointee of the Governor of West Virginia.

The full House of Delegates is scheduled to convene on Monday, August 13 to consider the articles of impeachment put forth by the Judiciary Committee against the four remaining justices. Any articles of impeachment approved by the House of Delegates will go to the state Senate for trial. Impeachment of any justice would require a 2/3 vote in the Senate.

This is a historic event in West Virginia politics and for the judicial branch, for which the implications are unprecedented. Many questions remain regarding how cases on appeal before the Supreme Court will be addressed. The Supreme Court is currently in recess, with case conferences for the coming term scheduled to begin on August 28, 2018. The Court is scheduled to hear the first oral arguments of the new term on September 5, 2018.

This situation is fluid with many variables in play. Spilman is monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and will keep you updated with any breaking news. If you have specific questions, reach out either to your Spilman contact, or Andrew P. Arbogast (Chair, Litigation Department), or Don C. A. Parker (Chair, Appellate Group) for more information.
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