Impeachment of 4 WVA justices begins this week

Impeachment proceedings against four West Virginia Supreme Court Justices begin this week with initial appearances before the state Senate scheduled for Tuesday. According to Talking Points Memo, a pre-trial conference will be held Tuesday before the Senate, which will act as the jury in the impeachment process. No date has been set yet for the actual impeachment trials. West Virginia’s House of Delegates voted in August to impeach Justices Allen Loughry, Beth Walker, Margaret Workman and Robin Davis, although Davis retired after the vote. The move to impeach arose from an investigation into how renovation funds were spent on the Justices’ offices. Democratic lawmakers have called the impeachments a power grab by the GOP.