CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee finally got behind the doors of the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Below is edited video of Monday’s tour that was shot by a pool photographer.
Committee members delayed the tour initially after the court first balked and said it would not allow members of the media to attend. On Monday, the House panel toured the justices' private chambers along with three members of the media including a print reporter, radio reporter and a TV photographer. It was a look inside the court that the Eyewitness News iTeam first brought viewers in November 2017 when Lead Investigative Reporter Kennie Bass did a story on court spending.
The House Judiciary Committee is conducting an investigation into possible impeachment proceedings for the justices after the court has been rocked by controversy. Justice Allen Loughry is currently suspended by the court and faces 23 federal charges. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Much of the committee’s testimony so far has dealt with Loughry, but the panel also has asked questions about Justices Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker. Testimony has focused on travel, lunches, court renovations and use of state resources.
Committee members have said they will not consider evidence against former Justice Menis Ketchum, who resigned and retired from the court at the end of the business day July 27. Federal prosecutors announced that Ketchum has agreed to plead guilty in an information to one count of wire fraud. The House Judiciary Committee said it will not consider evidence against Ketchum since he was leaving office.
After the committee's tour, it resumed a meeting Monday to examine evidence in the Supreme Court probe.