CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday appeals related to last year’s impeachment of justices on the Supreme Court of West Virginia.
The conference, set for Tuesday, is over the state Senate and the House of Delegate’s appeals of the decision to halt four articles of impeachment against Justice Margaret Workman as well as prevent articles of impeachment against former justices Robin Davis and Allen Loughry.
Workman currently serves on the bench. Davis retired from the court, and Loughry is serving time in federal prison for fraud.
“If they decide not to hear the case, and any of the justices decide to say why not, they will,” Charleston attorney Harvey Peyton said.
“If they decide to hear the case, probably a year from now, we’ll have arguments and an opinion.”
The House of Delegates voted to impeach all four justices on the bench. The acting Supreme Court halted the impeachment proceedings last October, stating legislators overstepped their constitutional authority. The acting justices also said lawmakers based the impeachment proceedings on areas of the constitution reserved for the judicial branch.
The U.S. Supreme Court was slated to consider the appeals in May but asked Workman in April to file a response despite her waiving that right.