Western West Supreme Court's justice gets 2 years of corruption

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia West Supreme Court who had a blue suede cub for $ 32,000 in his office and was in the middle of impeachment and was sentenced to two years in the federal prison on Wednesday of the corruption scandal.

"I have not seen evidence of remorse," said Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr., the former District Justice Judge John Loughry, sentenced for his or her self-esteem investigators.

Loughry was also ordered to pay a fine of $ 10,000 and repay more than $ 2,200 and court costs.

His lawyer, John Carr, asked the court for probation and said that Loughry agreed to surrender his legal license and not again seek a public office.

Copenhagen said he wanted a phrase "promising the law." The public needs protection from extra criminal behavior on your side. "

Loughry, who wrote the book of 2006 when he was the legal law clerk of the Supreme Court on the history of political corruption in the state, was a prime justice in last February. He was then suspended from the tribunal in June and resigned in November.

State lawyers and others said that they were trusted by public trust in the state court system through the actions of Loughry and others, and Copenhagen said he recognized "the strong public concern in this case."

United States Attorney Mike Stuart called the only sentence.

"It's a day when we start to get that trust in the Supreme Court," Stuart said. We are working towards that end. I look like this as a renewal decision for the people of West Virginia. "

Carr and Loch Water refused to comment on the sentence.

Loughry said in court, "I know that this issue is serious" and "I do not want to minimize or verify any of this. This life has changed my life forever."

Loughry was told to report to prison April 5. It was found guilty of 11 of the 22 charges on his October trial. Most of the mail fraud and wire charges related to the personal use of state cars and fuel cards. Copenhagen spent last month a witness imposing offenses.

Attorney General Philip Philip Wright said Loughry was relying on seven times during the trial.

Loughry denied that it had benefited from its amenities when it emerged in 2013. He said that he used state-owned vehicles that were available to the invaders for various reasons, including for- public access.

But Wright said that records showed that Loughry took a government car with a wedding, four signals on his book, and "adds up to Christmas gifts" to visit relatives. A neighbor pointed out that she spotted Loughry's packaging installations with a state government license plate throughout the holidays.

Loughry was also convicted of federal investigators being stating that he was unsure of historical importance and a state-owned $ 42,000 desk value that transferred to his home. He returned the desk and leather lock owned by state-owned leather after the media reports appeared.

Loughry declined to take part in the renovation of his office, costing $ 353,000 and included the blue suede sofa and an inlay floor map for a $ 7,500 wood of West Virginia. He delayed spending on former court administrator, Steve Canterbury, who resigned in January 2017.

But a complaint from the State Judicial Investigation Commission says that Supreme Court records showed Loughry had a significant role in the reforms.

Loughry and the employees of Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker in August were considered on issues that were involved in the weak office reforms that arose against allegations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. Some of the invaders were accused of losing their authority by failing excessive expenditure.



A subsequent week a temporary panel of judges ruled migrant efforts on the separation powers teaching and the Legislation did not have jurisdiction to pursue the trials. The process was officially declared when the decision was not finalized by the judge up to the Workman Seanad's trial.

Copenhagen said, though Loughry alone was not responsible for the Supreme Court's scandal, "his behavior has been greatly enhanced."

Davis and Justice Menis Ketchum survived last summer. Ketchum pleaded guilty to a federal court with a countdown of farming fraud related to his personal use of state vehicle card and gas fuel. He addresses a sentence later this month.

Judicial elections in West Virginia became non-resident in 2016, but the court's investigative scandal advanced political attacks. Some of the Democrats argued that the Republicans had a power cover for the prevention of the court.

Two republican laws were appointed instead of Ketchum and Davis and subsequently won the election to complete their terms. The Republican Republic The Lifelong Friends were appointed by the Minister for Justice to take Loughry to a special 2020 election.

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