When Gov. Jim Justice recently appointed two of the most prominent Republicans in the state to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court of Appeals, he might not have expected such a heavy legal fight. But the temporary appointments, and the men hoping to win the seats in the November general election, are facing a legal battle that will kick off Monday morning — in the state’s Supreme Court. Currently, only two elected justices are actively serving on the Supreme Court. Those two are Justices Margaret Workman and Beth Walker, both of whom were impeached by delegates earlier this year. They are currently awaiting the Senate to try their impeachments, which will decide if they should be removed from office.
Walker and Workman both voluntarily excused themselves from hearing the two petitions.
The other elected justice, Justice Allen Loughry, was suspended from the court while his federal criminal trial is ongoing. The two other seats on the court were vacated after Menis Ketchum resigned amid a federal investigation, and after Robin Davis resigned following her impeachment.