Legislative auditors plan to audit West Virginia Supreme Court

    Photo shows the $32,000 couch that was purchased by the West Virginia Supreme Court. Legislative auditors say they will audit the court this year. (WCHS/WVAH)<p>{/p}

    Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

    The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year.

    Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred did not elaborate, beyond saying they had notified the court and haven't received a response.

    The announced plans follow news reports from late last year of the court spending more than $3.7 million to renovate and redecorate justices' Capitol offices. Chief Justice Allen Loughry was also reported to have furnished his home office with furniture from the court. Eyewitness News has documented, including in an exclusive investigative story that revealed the purchase of a $32,000 couch, some of the Supreme Court's spending.

    Below is the first story that Eyewitness News Lead Political Reporter Kennie Bass did on the Supreme Court spending.

    Here are the other Eyewitness News stories that have looked into the spending and use of state resources.

    Supreme Court Spending Part 2

    Supreme Court Spending Part 3

    Supreme Court Spending Part 4

    Supreme Court Spending Part 5

    The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety will also undergo an audit this year. Gov. Jim Justice recently declared a state of emergency over staffing at jails, with the department's purview.

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