Deliberations start in W. Va. impeachment trial

Inside WV Politics

The West Virginia Senate has started pondering the fate of impeached Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker.

Closing arguments were held Tuesday in Walker’s impeachment trial before senators voted to go into a closed session to begin deliberations.

A two-thirds majority of the 34-member Senate is required to remove Walker from office.

Walker is accused of abuse of authority, a charge also levied against three other impeached justices. It states they failed to control office expenses and maintain policies over matters such as working lunches and the use of state vehicles and office computers at home.

House judiciary committee chairman John Shott served as the lead prosecutor in Walker’s Senate trial. He urged senators to sustain the impeachment article if they doubt that keeping her on the bench will help restore the public’s trust and confidence in the judicial branch of government.

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