Judge denies Loughry request for new trial

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 11, 2019

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has denied a request for a new trial by former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.

On Jan. 11, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver denied Loughry’s appeal seeking a new trial on the 11 charges he was convicted of in October. Copenhaver did drop a witness tampering charge against Loughry, saying the federal government can decide if it wants to retry Loughy on that charge.

So, Loughry now will be sentenced on 10 counts – seven for wire fraud, one for mail fraud and two for making false statements to federal agents. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16.

Loughry’s attorney had filed two motions seeking a new trial, arguing evidence was insufficient.

In response, federal prosecutors painted Loughry as “vindictive and vengeful,” “not credible,” retaliatory and one who “would not hesitate to flex his power and authority to get what he wanted.” They also said Loughry and attorney John Carr failed to provide evidence to warrant a new trial.

Loughry resigned from the state Supreme Court in November.

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