10/13/2018 - After more than two days of deliberations, a federal jury found West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry guilty on 11 counts and not guilty on 10. The jury could not decide on the one remaining count.|
The charges against Loughry, the author of "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia," accused him of mail fraud, wire fraud, tampering with a witness and lying to federal agents.
Loughry was stoic as the verdict was read and walked out of the federal courthouse in Charleston shortly after that without making any comment. Reporters asked if he will now resign from the state Supreme Court, but Loughry said nothing.
Sentencing for Loughry was scheduled for Jan. 16, 2019. He has 14 days to decide whether to file a motion for a new trial.
Federal prosecutors asked that Loughry be placed on home confinement with an electronic monitor, but the judge declined taking that step.
DRAINING THE TROUGH
UPDATE 6/22/2018 - West Virginia's Republican Senate president and House speaker are calling for impeachment proceedings for members of the state Supreme Court.
The corruption was uncovered by investigative reporters.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LOUGHRY INDICTED ON 22 FEDERAL COUNTS - Corrupt Flood Relief Two Years Later, More Shoes To Drop?
By Bob Weaver
6/20/2018 - It's West Virginia Day.
As Governor Jim Justices is facing multi-millions of dollars in unpaid taxes for his companies and hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid taxes on several estates, his supporters are sticking with him.
Then there are multi-millions of dollars of federal "Rising" relief money for about 500 families that lost their homes two years ago in the 2016 flood, yet to reach most of those it was meant to help. Justice did fire the guy in charge.
But there is some new corruption news.
West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been indicted on 22 federal counts of fraud, witness tampering, and lying - author of "The Sordid And Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia."
Loughry's problems were not caught by his associates or Charleston politicians, but by a real live, persevering reporter of the likes that have disclosed the behavior of dozens of WV's nefarious politicos over the years.
And that might not be the only shoe to drop.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart left open the possibility that more charges may come out of the West Virginia Supreme Court.
"For the past several weeks, public officials across West Virginia have been quick to condemn Justice Loughry, perhaps with the hope that the crisis in public confidence in the Supreme Court could be washed away with the responsibility of only one person, Justice Loughry. That may or may not be the case," Stuart said.
WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LOUGHRY SUSPENDED - Author Of WV's Sordid Political History
By Bob Weaver
6/10/2018 - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry II, a longtime Republican, has been suspended with an investigation spurred by investigative reporters with WCHS-TV, related to self-serving from the public trough.
Loughty, perhaps one of the state's best educated justices, was the author of "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid And Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia."
His book took ten years of research, looking into political corruption in the Mountain State since statehood, disgraced governors, imprisoned governors, stealing and sex scandals of all political ilks.
His book was dedicated to reform.
Loughry is facing serious accusations of wrongdoing with 32 charges.
According to an order entered by the Supreme Court of Appeals Friday, Justice Allen H. Loughry II is suspended without pay and cannot hear any civil or criminal matter or perform any other judicial functions as his disciplinary proceedings play out.
The Judicial Disciplinary Counsel is also requesting that the Court suspend Loughry's license to practice law in West Virginia, according to court documents.
Loughry is accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct and is suspended without pay.