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Trials adding up for West Virginia Supreme Court justices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The federal trial of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice is starting a day after a colleague’s impeachment trial began in the state Senate.

Jury selection is set to get under way Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston for Justice Allen Loughry. He also has a Senate impeachment trial scheduled in November.

The 25-count federal indictment includes allegations that Loughry repeatedly lied about using his office for personal gain.

The House of Delegates in August impeached him and justices Beth Walker, Margaret Workman and Robin Davis. The cases targeted spending, including lavish office renovations, and also raised questions about corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty earlier this decade.

Walker’s impeachment trial in the Senate started Monday and is set to resume Tuesday.

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