Raw News: Justice Allen Loughry sits down with Eyewitness News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Eyewitness News sat down in late 2017 with Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry and asked him about extensive renovations at his court office.
Accompanying this story is the video of that interview when he sat down with iTeam Lead Investigative Reporter Kennie Bass.
The interview was prompted after the iTeam learned that a renovation project at the Supreme Court had ballooned from original estimates of about $900,000 to more than $3.7 million.
Work in Loughry’s office totaled more than $363,000. It included some major expenditures for office furniture - namely, a sectional sofa with a price tag of nearly $32,000, complete with $1,700 in throw pillows.
During that interview, Loughry called the couch expenditure outrageous and claimed he had little input into the renovations in his office. He pointed the finger at former administrator Steve Canterbury, who he said was in charge of the court renovations and decisions. Canterbury, however, said that Loughry was his boss and he was just following orders.
Since this story aired, Loughry was indicted on 22 charges that accuse him of mail and wire fraud, witness tampering and making false statements to the FBI. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Loughry also has been suspended without pay by the Supreme Court. The Judicial Investigation Commission also has filed 22 charges against Loughry, saying he has violated the Code of Conduct.
The West Virginia Legislature is now considering possible impeachment of justices on the state Supreme Court.