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W.Va. Chief Justice vows not to resign amid Davis decision

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) West Virginia Chief Justice Margaret Workman vows to continue working amid impeachment proceedings in the West Virginia legislature. 

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Justice Workman said:

"I was dismayed by the House of Delegates’ decision yesterday to pursue the mass impeachment of the entire West Virginia Supreme Court. I will miss my colleague and friend, Justice Robin Jean Davis, but respect the reasons she chose to retire. I am not resigning, either from the Court or from my position as Chief Justice. There is no basis for my impeachment, and I will continue to do the work, both administrative and judicial, that the people of West Virginia elected me to do. I want the citizens of our state to know that the Court will move forward. The cases set for the fall term, which opens September 5, will be heard and decided as scheduled. I look forward to putting all the facts before the Senate in the next phase of this process." 

The announcement came just hours after another West Virginia Supreme Court justice announced her retirement.

Justice Robin Davis announced her departure Tuesday at the state Capitol, saying the citizens of West Virginia now "will be afforded their Constitutional right to elect my successor in November."

The House of Delegates voted Monday to impeach all four remaining justices over spending, lavish office renovations and other issues, sending them to the Senate, also led by Republicans, for trial.

The 62-year-old Davis, a Democrat, was impeached for improperly spending $500,000 in office renovations, among other allegations.


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