Board hearing about state charges against Loughry postponed until February

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 14, 2019

CHARLESTON — A state Judicial Hearing Board hearing about former Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry scheduled for Jan. 14 has been postponed.

The hearing, related to a 32-count Statement of Charges against Loughry filed in June by the state Judicial Investigation Commission, has been rescheduled for Feb. 6. The change was announced Jan. 14. The disciplinary hearing will be held in the Visiting Judge’s Courtroom at the Kanawha County Judicial Annex in Charleston.

Loughry will be sentenced Jan. 16 in federal court. He was found guilty on 11 charges in October, but U.S. District Judge John Coperhaver dismissed a witness tampering charge against Loughry last week when he also denied Loughry’s request for a new trial.

Loughry still faces sentencing on seven counts of wire fraud, one of mail fraud and two of making false statements to federal agents. Copenhaver wrote that the federal government can decide if it wants to retry Loughry on the witness tampering charge.

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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