Federal judge denies former Justice Allen Loughry's request for a new trial

A federal judge denies former Justice Allen Loughry's request for a new trial on the 11 charges on which he was convicted. The judge dropped one charge, a witness tampering charge. (WCHS/WVAH)

A U.S. District Court judge has denied an appeal for a new trial by former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.

Judge John Copenhaver denied Loughry’s request for a new trial on the 11 charges he was convicted of on Oct. 12, 2018. The judge dropped one of the charges, a witness tampering charge, and said the government could decide whether it wants to retry Loughry on that charge.

Another motion for a new trial has not been ruled on yet by the judge.

Loughry was convicted in Charleston federal court after a nine-day trial. The former Supreme Court justice faced 22 federal charges - two counts of mail fraud, 17 counts of wire fraud, one count of witness tampering and two counts of false statements.

He was found guilty on seven wire fraud charges, one mail fraud charge, one witness tampering charge and two false statement charges. He was found not guilty on nine wire fraud charges and one mail fraud charge. There was a hung jury on one wire fraud charge.

On his original conviction, Loughry had faced a possible sentence of 190 years in prison and a fine of $2.75 million.

Loughry was convicted on a mail fraud charge for accepting a check from the Pound Institute in Washington, D.C., and wire fraud charges for buying fuel with a state credit card for a state vehicle that he was using for personal business and a witness tampering charge. He also was found guilty of lying to a federal agent.

Loughry is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The former justice resigned from the West Virginia Supreme Court on Nov. 12, 2018, just a day before state lawmakers were scheduled to be in a special session to consider removing him from office.

Loughry continues to face allegations that he violated the Judicial Code of Conduct.

A spotlight on Loughry and the West Virginia Supreme Court was first shined in an Eyewitness News I-Team investigative story in November 2017 that revealed excessive spending at the court, including a nearly $32,000 couch in Loughry’s office.

Below is the judge's decision:

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