Word came today that an agreement has apparently been reached between the Senate presiding over the impeachment trial and two of the justices, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker. The two judges have purportedly agreed to be censured, but will keep their seats on West Virginia’s high court.
Coal baron and federal convict Don Blankenship’s bid to be on the November ballot for a US Senate seat has ended, by ruling of a disheveled and short-handed state supreme court.
In his speech announcing his choices, the governor attempted no pretense about his intentions…In doing so, he has no doubt cemented the opinions of those who find the impeachment debacle to be an orchestrated coup by a Republican legislature to overthrow and take command of an entire branch of state government.
There have been some developments in the saga of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the four remaining members of which were the subject of impeachment proceedings in the West Virginia Legislature this week.
Justice Menis Ketchum will plead guilty to federal criminal charges arising out of the investigation into improper spending by the state’s high court.
A West Virginia Supreme Court Justice is federally indicted on 22 counts, including various fraud counts, false statements, and witness tampering. The man who wrote the book on corruption now stands accused of bilking the taxpayers who put him in office.