On Aug. 13 of this year, the House of Delegates voted to impeach Justices Beth Walker, Robin Davis, Margaret Workman, and Chief Justice Allen Loughry on various articles, including for Davis and Loughry’s out-of-control office expenses. Davis announced her retirement shortly thereafter, ensuring there will be a special election for her replacement.

On Sept. 26, Davis filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against multiple House of Delegate members, including local representative George “Boogie” Ambler and Governor Jim Justice. She states in the federal suit that since she retired the day before the House vote took place, she should not have been removed from office. The lawsuit also says that since Governor Justice appointed two interim justices to replace Davis and Ketchum, if the three remaining justices were removed from office then all five justices of the Supreme Court will be appointed by the governor, and not elected into office as the West Virginia Constitution requires. The document summarizes that, “Justice Davis has consistently cooperated with state and federal agencies who seek to investigate the allegations underling the Articles of…

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