West Virginia gov: Suspended, convicted justice resigning

CHARLETON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s governor disclosed Saturday that he has accepted a letter of resignation from a suspended state Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges, days ahead of a planned legislative session to consider the justice’s removal.

In a one-sentence statement, the office of Gov. Jim Justice said Saturday that the governor had received and accepted the letter of Justice Allen Loughry to step down at the close of business Monday. Justice had no additional comment on the departure and Loughry’s equally terse one-sentence letter dated Friday didn’t elaborate.

Loughry was convicted last month of 11 federal criminal charges, including wire fraud involving his personal use of state cars and fuel cards and mail fraud. He has requested a new trial.

Justice recently called a special legislative session for Tuesday, saying in his proclamation that it was to consider removing Loughry from his position.

Loughry and three other justices were impeached by the West Virginia House in August over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. One of them, Justice Beth Walker, was cleared of an impeachment charge at a Senate trial last month.

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