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Legislature to be called back into special session to consider Loughry office removal

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Friday, calling the Legislature back into special session to consider possible removal of Justice Allen Loughry from office. (West Virginia Supreme Court)

West Virginia lawmakers will be called back into special session Tuesday to consider the removal of Justice Allen Loughry from office.

Gov. Jim Justice’s Office sent out a news release that he has issued a proclamation Friday that calls lawmakers back into session at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The special session allows the Legislature to consider matters "related to Loughry, including but not limited to, censure, impeachment, trial, conviction, and disqualification, and legislation authorizing and appropriating the expenditure of public funds to pay the expenses for the extraordinary session.”

Loughry is currently suspended from the bench and was convicted Oct. 12 in federal court on 11 of 22 charges. His impeachment trial, along with those of Justice Margaret Workman and retired justice Robin Davis, was halted by a ruling by some acting justices.

Justice Beth Walker is the only justice so far to face an impeachment trial in the state Senate. The Senate voted to keep her in office and to instead issue a public reprimand and censure.

Below is the governor's proclamation calling the Legislature back into session:


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