Judicial Hearing Board schedules hearing on formal charges against Allen Loughry
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
The West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board has scheduled a hearing on formal charges alleging that former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry violated the Judicial Code of Conduct.
Loughry’s hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in the visiting judge’s courtroom at the Kanawha County Judicial Building in Charleston, according to an amended scheduling order filed by the Judicial Hearing Board with the Supreme Court.
Loughry was convicted Oct.12, 2018, on 11 of 22 criminal charges in Charleston federal court after a nine-day trial. On Friday, a judge denied his appeal for a new trial but dropped one of the 11 convictions, a witness tampering charge.
The former justice resigned from his seat in November 2018, a day before the West Virginia Senate was to hold a special session to consider removing him from office. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, on the criminal charges.
In the Judicial Code of Conduct Case, the formal statement of judicial code violations lists more than 30 charges that the commission said Loughry violated. The hearing board agreed in July 2018 to delay proceedings on the alleged violations until his pending criminal charges were resolved.
The Judicial Investigation Commission said that formal discipline against Loughry is appropriate based on the fact that Loughry repeatedly denied involvement in the renovation of his office even though Supreme Court records show he had a heavy hand in the work, the complaint said. Eyewitness News iTeam investigative stories detailed questionable spending by the Supreme Court that included more than $360,000 in renovations to Loughry’s office. One of the more controversial items was a couch that cost nearly $32,000.
Meanwhile, the judicial panel also said Loughry kept secret a December federal subpoena served on the Supreme Court. Loughry was replaced as chief justice in February after the justices received another subpoena and found out about the first one.
Below is the amended scheduling order for Loughry: