CHARLESTON,W.Va. — In a statement issued Saturday U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart would neither confirm or deny reports of a probe into spending practices at the West Virginia Supreme Court.

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Mike Stuart

“Regarding various media reports concerning the West Virginia Supreme Court, in accordance with Department of Justice Policy, the United States will neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation,” Stuart’s statement.

State Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry said in a statement Friday he had been cooperating with federal investigators after requesting the probe. Loughry said he believes that’s why the Court voted to remove him as Chief Justice—three years before his four-year term in that spot indeed.

Allen Loughry

Loughry remains on the Court but the new Chief Justice is Margaret Workman.

Workman said in a statement Friday it was going to be a long road to get back public respect for the Court.

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