W. Virginia justice retires after an impeachment voteReuters
August 14. 2018 11:59PM
A West Virginia Supreme Court justice retired on Tuesday, the day after state lawmakers voted to start impeachment proceedings against the full court, accusing four judges of lavish spending that included more than $1 million in office renovations.
Justice Robin Davis, 62, said she would retire after state legislators accused her of corruption and neglect of duty, including spending $500,000 on office renovations that featured a $20,000 rug and an $8,000 desk chair.
Davis, a Democrat, retired on the last possible day that would trigger a special election to choose her replacement instead of having Republican Gov. Jim Justice appoint a new judge.
She accused the Republican lawmakers of deliberately timing their impeachment vote to make it easier for the governor to name replacements.
Davis, Republican Justice Allen Loughry and Democratic Chief Justice Margaret Workman are charged with illegally overpaying senior status judges, semi-retired jurists who work less than full caseloads.