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Supreme Court Justices Impeached After Their $3M Liberal Scandal Is Revealed

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Who exactly presides over the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice if the entire state Supreme Court is being impeached? It is an absurd constitutional conundrum that West Virginians are being forced to grapple with.

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to impeach all four state Supreme Court justices for spending issues and abuses of authority. The list of abuses is long and lengthy with allegations ranging from million dollar office renovations, personal use of state vehicles, lying, cheating, outright theft of state property, and a  laundry list that is as appalling as it is sad.

Five justices sit on the state Supreme Court in West Virginia. The state legislature has drafted articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Robin Jean Davis, Beth Walker, and Allen Loughry. The court’s fifth justice, Menis Ketchum, retired in late July prior to articles of impeachment being drafted. He will plead guilty to two federal corruption charges on August 29, 2018.

The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on eight articles, setting the stage for a trial in the state Senate. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave in June after a state commission lodged a 32-count complaint against him, alleging pervasive violations of the state ethics code. He has since been indicted in federal court for 23 counts of fraud, witness tampering, and making false statements to investigators.

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The remaining three justices — Workman, Davis, and Walker — face impeachment for wasting government resources and failing to effectively administer the state courts. All three spent large sums of taxpayer dollars on lavish improvements to their chambers in the state capital, which cumulatively totaled almost $750,000, and allegedly abused state travel resources.

Walker was the final justice to be impeached when an article was approved stating all four justices abused their authority, citing failure to control office expenses, including more than $1 million in renovations to their individual offices, as well as not maintaining policies over matters such as working lunches and the use of state vehicles and office computers at home.

Davis was impeached for $500,000 in office renovations, though Walker originally dodged impeachment when lawmakers decided to overlook her $131,000 in spending on office renovations. A short time later, another article was withdrawn against Workman, who also spent $111,000 in renovations. Workman and Davis also allegedly authorized compensation for other state judges in excess of the amounts allowed by West Virginia law.

Interestingly enough, prior to this summer’s series of events leading to the mass impeachment of the entirety of the West Virginia Supreme Court, Davis was cited in the press for potential ethics violations in unrelated matters. In March 2017 a series of contributions made to her 2012 re-election campaign strongly resemble an illegal straw donation scheme entirely conducted at the behest of an attorney, Michael Fuller of the McHugh Fuller Law Group while defending a $92 million civil judgment in the state Supreme Court. That very same attorney also purchased the Davis family private jet in December 2011. Davis then, in turn, issued a ruling in 2014 preserving a large portion of Fuller’s $92 million award, as reported by the Daily Caller.

Lawmakers also approved articles of impeachment against Loughry for spending $363,000 in renovations to his office; having some $42,000 antique desk and computers all owned by the state at his personal home; lying to the House Finance Committee about taking home the desk along with a $32,000 suede leather couch also owned by the state; and for his personal use of state vehicles. Though another impeachment article was withdrawn dealing with an accusation Loughry used state money to frame personal items at his office.

Loughry, Workman, and Davis also were impeached for their roles in allowing senior status judges to be paid higher than allowed wages. Lawmakers say the overpayments violated state law and stopped when they were challenged by the Internal Revenue Service.

What is even more appalling is these four justices worked in a state where the median household income from 2012-2017 was approximately $42,644, according to the US Census Bureau. Compared to the median US household income it ranks more than $14,000 lower than the average in the rest of the nation and West Virginia is ranked as the third poorest state in the nation as a whole. Yet these people felt it appropriate to live the high life on the backs of those that have little to start with.

Delegate John Shott stated during an August 7 judiciary committee hearing -“There appears to be, based on the evidence before us, an atmosphere that has engulfed the court of cavalier indifference to the expenditure of taxpayer funds, to the protection of taxpayer-paid assets, and an almost incomprehensible arrogance that for some reason they are not a coequal branch but a superior branch of government.”

In answer to the question of who presides over the impeachment trial when entire state Supreme Court is being impeached, the answer lies within West Virginia’s constitution. It provides that the chief justice shall preside over impeachment trials in the state Senate. However, as Chief Justice Workman herself is also subject to impeachment, she is therefore ineligible to preside, as are the rest of her colleagues.

In that vein, Workman appointed Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell to the high court on an interim basis late Friday. Farrell will serve in Loughry’s seat, pending the election of a successor in November. Farrell will also preside over impeachment proceedings in the legislature, although Walker disputes his power to do so.

Walker argued against Farrell’s installation as the presiding officer for impeachment issuing a short statement late Friday, stating – “I believe it is improper to designate any justice as acting chief justice for impeachment proceedings in which I or my colleagues may have an interest and that have not yet commenced in the Senate.”

 

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Former Facebook Security Chief Just Blindsided Google CEO With Earth Shattering Claim

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Many have been critical of Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, now a former Facebook executive has called out Google’s CEO for lying about the company’s motives.
Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos took to Twitter recently to attack Google CEO Sundar Pichai for his comments defending the company’s decision to move into the China market with its censored search engine known as “Project Dragonfly,” Silicon Beat reports.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pichai stated that Google was “committed to serving users in China” and compared Chinese censorship laws to the “right to be forgotten” law in the European Union. Pichai received severe criticism for this comparison, both internally and from those outside of Google.

“Tech companies constantly walk a difficult path between complying with local law and protecting human rights,” Stamos tweeted Thursday. “For Sundar to compare the “right to be forgotten” (which I agree is problematic) with censorship in China is, at best, amoral and mendacious.”

Stamos further added that: “China’s censorship regime is a tool to maintain the absolute control of the party-state and is in no way comparable,” to the right to be forgotten law.

Google software engineer Colin McMillen tweeted: “It is extremely bad that Sundar appears to either think that RTBF is morally equivalent to government surveillance & censorship, or that he appears to think that nobody will notice this analogy is extremely inaccurate.”

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The Eagles offense struggled on Sunday night, and put up their fair share of bad plays. However, their celebration game was definitely on point.

The defending Super Bowl champs hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Which, also happened to be on Veterans Day. While the first part of the game brought forth precious little in terms of offensive output. The second half saw a burst of scoring from both teams and, a salute to our veterans from the entire Eagles offense:

The NFL has certainly done its fair share of damage in tarnishing the celebration of our flag, anthem, and military, by protesting during the national anthem. However, with those protests having all but disappeared, it would be good for the NFL to work towards resuming its former place as the primary celebrators of our flag and country, in American sports.

Sunday night was a good start.

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