In January of 2018, one of West Virginias Supreme Court justice Allen Loughry was alleged to have spent $32,000 of taxpayer money on a couch for his office. At the time of these allegations, a Democratic member of the House of Delegates proposed that the group’s Judiciary Committee looks into any possibility of corruption and consider removing the justice from his position.
Meanwhile, the Republican President of the Senate of West Virginia was not too pleased. Once news of these allegations and how the Democrat House of Delegates proposed to handle it surfaced, Mitch Carmichael called it “the single dumbest, most ridiculous political stunt that I’ve seen in my time in the Legislature.”
Once the investigation began, there was little doubt that corruption had taken place. Not only was evidence found that overzealous spending on office furniture did take place. But, Loughry had also been having state employees move his furniture from his office to his home.
Before two justices recently resigned, Democrats held the majority of Supreme Court seats. Democratic Justice Menus Ketchum left the court on July 11, a few weeks before, he pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Justice Robin Davis, also a Democrat, decided to retire as well once impeachment terms were brought forward.
These moves are clearly an attempt to prevent the Republican Governor of the state from appointing their replacements.
The remaining two justices, Justice Workman and Justice Walker, were also accused of unnecessarily spending large amounts of state funds to remodel their offices ($111,000 and $131,000, respectively).
The justices are not just accused of overspending on themselves they are accused of overspending on their colleagues as well. The House of Delegates also approved impeachment articles charging Loughry, Workman, and Davis with overpaying senior status judges (who are retired but still preside over some cases) for their work.
These people are outraged only because its corruption on their side that is being exposed. It is absolutely absurd to suggest that any logical Trump or conservative voter would not be appalled at the news of a judge or politician using their tax money to purchase $32,000 couches. But that isn't happening. To attempt and try to write off these corrupt actions and label the lawful punishment of these officials as some sort of plot to overtake the system, when Republicans have been doing just fine on their own, is not only dishonest but despicable.