House panel spells out proposed articles of impeachment for each justice

The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee passes 14 out of 16 proposed articles of impeachment Tuesday that include Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, Beth Walker and Margaret Workman. (West Virginia Supreme Court)

With allegations of lavish spending, misusing state resources and failing to properly administer the West Virginia Supreme Court, the state’s four remaining justices face possible impeachment after a historic vote in the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel passed 14 of 16 proposed articles of impeachment Tuesday that include Justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker. It now goes to the full House for consideration during a special session that begins at 10 a.m. Monday. The Senate would then conduct a trial if the impeachment articles are approved.

Loughry, who is currently suspended from the court and was indicted on 23 federal charges, faces eight proposed articles of impeachment. Workman and Davis each face four proposed articles of impeachment, and Walker faces two proposed articles of impeachment. Here is a breakdown of the articles proposed for each justice:

Justice Allen Loughry

2. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justices Loughry, Davis and Walker of failure to properly carry out the administrative duties of the court.

3. Accusing Justice Loughry of illegally possessing a historic "Cass Gilbert" desk at his private residence.

4. Accusing Justice Loughry of improperly using state government computer equipment and hardware for personal use at home.

5. Accusing Justice Loughry of using state vehicles and a fuel purchase card for personal use.

6. Accusing Justice Loughry of issuing an administrative order wrongfully approving the of overpayment of senior status judges during his tenure as chief justice.

7. Accusing Justice Loughry of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.

15. Accusing Justice Loughry of deceiving the House Finance Committee while under oath.

16. Accusing Justice Loughry of wasteful spending by using state funds for framing of personal items.

Justice Margaret Workman

1. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justice Davis of wrongfully approving the overpayment of senior status judges during their tenure as chief justice.

2. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justices Loughry, Davis and Walker of failure to properly carry out the administrative duties of the court.

12. Accusing Chief Justice Workman of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.

14. Accusing Chief Justice Workman of signing forms to wrongfully approve the overpayment of senior status judges.

Justice Robin Davis

1. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justice Davis of wrongfully approving the overpayment of senior status judges during their tenure as chief justice.

2. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justices Loughry, Davis and Walker of failure to properly carry out the administrative duties of the court.

10. Accusing Justice Davis of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.

11. Accusing Justice Davis of signing forms to wrongfully approve the overpayment of senior status judges.

Justice Beth Walker

2. Accusing Chief Justice Workman and Justices Loughry, Davis and Walker of failure to properly carry out the administrative duties of the court.

8. Accusing Justice Walker of wasteful spending with regard to office renovations.

Below are the proposed articles of impeachment:


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