The state of West Virginia is about to get its dirty laundry aired for the entire country to see.
After a state court upended an attempt to impeach several of West Virginia’s state Supreme Court of Appeals justices, state legislators are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and overturn the ruling.
What a Mess
The West Virginia judicial system is a complete train wreck right now.
The states’ entire supreme court found itself the subject to the impeachment process.
It is bad enough when a single justice is brought up on corruption charges.
West Virginia, however, had five in danger of being impeached all at the same time.
Ironically, one of the judges under the spotlight had actually written a book on the corruption in the West Virginia justice system!
Rather than face the media circus, one of the justices in danger of being impeached has already resigned.
Two of the five justices in question were actually brought up on charges, Allen Loughry and Menis Ketchum, but they pleaded out their case.
Sentencing for those cases should be coming later this month.
The two remaining justices were impeached, but they both appealed.
Somehow, their impeachments were overturned.
Justice Margaret Workman led the charge, taking her case to court to sue the legislature, claiming her due process rights had been violated.
When the state Supreme Court ruled in her favor, the state legislators decided to take the case to the United States Supreme Court.
The legislators have taken the approach that by overruling their impeachment, the court is now more or less making state justices immune from prosecution and giving them absolute power.
The fact the ruling was even made is rather disturbing.
From the outside looking in, it seems as though the new justices are merely taking care of their own.
To me, that would be a significant red flag of even more corruption.
Now, the question remains if the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to overrule a state supreme court, something that it traditionally avoids doing.