The West Virginia justice system is in the midst of a major shakeup.
State Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been suspended pending an investigation, with calls for him to outright resign.
In February of this year, Loughry had been removed from his leadership role in West Virginia’s Supreme Court.
At the time of the change, no information was given, but whispers of impropriety started to surface.
Later, it was revealed the state court had been issued a federal subpoena, something Loughry never revealed to his fellow justices.
With that due in January and his removal in February, it would appear that was the initial reason.
In addition to the federal subpoena, Loughry is also under fire for a six-figure renovation at his state capitol office.
Loughry is being accused of lying under oath when questioned by the state’s House Finance Committee about his involvement in the renovations.
Finally, he has also been accused of using state-owned vehicles for non-state business.
Ironically, that particular incident involved traveling to a book signing.
The title of the book… “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.”
Needless to say, when his constituents and colleagues were made aware of his alleged behavior, the outcry for his resignation was quite loud.
With Loughry being a registered Republican, local Democrats can smell the blood in the water.
In fact, a group of the top Dems in West Virginia’s government have already sent a letter to the governor demanding the impeachment of Loughry.
While previously sympathetic to Loughry’s case, Senate President Mitch Carmichael has changed his tune significantly after the suspension was handed down.
“The justice should move on to the next stage of his life,” Carmichael stated.
After having previously called the calls for impeachment a publicity stunt, Loughry would appear to be a wise man if he heeds Carmichael’s advice.