Latest News

Supreme Court upholds action against employee who faced allegations of credit card misuse

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 7, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals sided with an energy company in an appeal initiated by a former employee who was fired after reportedly making unauthorized credit card purchases.

Justice appoints Scudiere and McLaughlin as circuit judges; Raleigh County position remains vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 7, 2019

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Debra Scudiere of Morgantown as the new circuit judge in Monongalia County and Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs as the new circuit judge in the 23rd Circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

Ketchum sentenced to probation, no jail time

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 6, 2019

CHARLESTON — Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum was sentenced today in federal court to three years probation after pleading guilty in August to a federal wire fraud charge.

Loughry's Charleston home up for sale

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s Charleston home is for sale. Loughry, who was sentenced last month to 24 months in federal prison, and his family listed the home March 1 for $150,000.

Supreme Court annuls attorney's license for conduct violations

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals annulled the law license of an attorney it ruled committed multiple violations of the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.

Kanawha magistrate Kim Aaron retires, wants person of color to be her replacement

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 1, 2019

CHARLESTON – Longtime Kanawha County Magistrate Kim Aaron has retired, and has asked that her replacement be a person of color.

Court letter from D.C. consultant says Loughry lacks humility, should accept responsibility

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Washington, D.C., political consultant says former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry lacks humility and that he should have accepted responsibility for his actions.

A month after commission interviews, three circuit judge spots remain vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.

Loughry to appeal federal conviction

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 26, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry plans to appeal his federal conviction and sentence. Loughry's attorney John Carr filed a one-sentence Notice of Appeal filed Feb. 26 in federal court.

Loughry's family maintains his innocence in letter published by hometown newspaper

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 26, 2019

PARSONS – The family of former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry maintains he is innocent of the federal charges and state disciplinary findings against him.

Former Justice Benjamin says Bailey & Wyant is a 'good fit for me and for the firm'

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 25, 2019

CHARLESTON – Two years after leaving the state Supreme Court, former Justice Brent Benjamin has joined Bailey & Wyant as an Of Counsel member.

Hearing board follows JIC's recommendations regarding Loughry's state punishment

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Hearing Board agrees with the Judicial Investigation Commission’s recommendation regarding former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. The board issued its order Feb. 22, just two days after Loughry appeared before the board in a courtroom at the Wayne County Courthouse.

Ketchum's federal wire fraud sentencing rescheduled again, now set for March 6

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum’s federal sentencing has been rescheduled for March 6.

Bill that would create intermediate appeals court passes Senate, now waits in House Judiciary

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill that would create an intermediate court of appeals is headed to the House of Delegates after barely passing the state Senate. Senate Bill 266 passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote Feb. 18. It was sent to the House of Delegates and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Supreme Court agrees with lower court in family property dispute

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court rightfully denied a motion for consolidation in a case involving two siblings, their uncle and property.

Supreme Court agrees with Kanawha, invalidates woman's purported will

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 21, 2019

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals agreed with Kanawha Circuit Court that a woman's handwritten will is invalid and ordered her estate to be probated as if she died intestate.

Loughry signs deal with state to be disbarred, will never seek public office again

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 20, 2019

WAYNE – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has agreed to disbarment and to never seek public office in West Virginia again.

Ketchum seeks probation or fine while federal prosecutors want him to serve 6-12 months

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 18, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum’s attorney says his client only should be placed on probation or fined on a federal wire fraud charge.

Canterbury says damage done by Loughry goes deeper than crimes for which he was convicted

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The former state Supreme Court administrator who was fired days after former Justice Allen Loughry became chief justice says he thinks justice has been served.

Loughry sentenced to two years in prison

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised probation.

The Record Network