CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Supreme Court will ultimately decide what punishments — if any — Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong will face for admittedly having a two-year affair, between 2011 and 2013, with a man who served as director of the North Central Community Corrections (NCCC) and made multiple appearances in her court.

One of Wilfong’s attorneys, Harry Deitzler, said Wilfong has admitted she made a mistake.

“She’s a genuinely good person and a good judge and I do question whether it is a situation of morality police versus objectivity but, on the other hand, I fully appreciate that there is an appearance of impropriety that has to be addressed,” Deitzler said.

The Judicial Investigation Commission has, this week, found Wilfong violated the Judicial Code of Conduct by carrying on a sexual relationship, in her chambers at times, with Travis Carter who worked with the judge, in his role with North Central Community Corrections, to decide which defendants were candidates for alternative sentencing.

Wilfong reported the affair herself.

Two charges have since been forwarded to the state Judicial Hearing Board for consideration.  A recommendation will be made to the state Supreme Court.  The Court could decide to take no action, reprimand Wilfong in any number of ways, opt to suspend her for the remainder of her term or pull her law license.

Deitzler said he does not think Wilfong should lose her job.  “I don’t think it rises the level of the offenses that I have seen for which judges have been rightfully removed,” he said on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Wilfong was elected to the 20th Judicial Circuit, serving Randolph County, in 2008.  She is the only judge in that circuit.

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Comments

  • Bob

    She is Mr. Carters boss and he loses his job, something isn't right here, From my understanding everyone including the County Commission, the PA and other authoritory figures at the court house knew of this affair, Why didn't they stop it? I also think the PA Micheall Parker trying to save his job, too. It sounds to me like someone gave some really good evidence against them. Just like a sinkin boat, watch the "Rats" jump ship!!

  • respect

    Judge Wilfong seems to think she deserve credit for 'self-reporting' her incidents....well, Your Honor, (and, in this case, I use the term lightly), do the right think NOW, and step down from the bench voluntarily.

  • Pickle Barrel

    Suspend her from the bench and suspend her law license. Stunts like this give the legal profession a bad name.

    • DWL

      The actions of all lawyers give the legal profession a bad name!

  • WV Grad

    What kind of role model for young people is this conduct?

  • H.

    Judge Wilfong was elected to the bench by the voters and her actions violated not only their trust, but also the judicial code of conduct which she swore to uphold. It would be in everyone's interest if she resigned.

  • DWL

    Her new job, The Judge Jaymie Show - Live from an attorney's garage and the prosecutor's spare bedroom. The bailiff's cry of ALL RISE has a new meaning. Her robe is open and the gavel is battery-operated for her pleasure, as well as the jailer's. The climax of the event comes when she issues her relief ruling. Oh yea, Oh yea, Oh yea!

  • CaptainQ

    Keep her job?

    Really?

    • The bookman

      Well he is her advocate, so we shouldn't be too surprised. I wish he would cite some examples for us of judges who have been removed from office, and the reasons for their removal. What egregious behavior beyond Wilfong's example have occurred warranting removal? Judge Thornsberry comes to mind. But, who else? She needs to call Mark Plants and muster up the courage together.

  • A Curbside Lawyer

    We entrust judges to make decisions using good judgement. Jaymie Wilfong used terribly poor judgement in getting involved with an officer of the court. That one misstep is enough to convince me that she is not a good judge and probably should be removed from the bench.

  • Picklebee

    Lawyer.
    Enough said.

  • wv4evah

    Judge Wilfong: the Jerry Springer Show wants to talk to you on line two.

  • The Answer

    +1

  • GWB

    Her "lawyer" apparently never argued a case before her in which an impartial judge mattered. Ridiculous to say such behavior doesn't rise to the level of being removed from the bench!