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Ex-West Virginia justice files lawsuit over impeachment

An impeached former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has filed a federal lawsuit accusing elected officials of gender bias and other violations. 

Former Justice Robin Davis' lawsuit says she would not have been impeached "had she not been a woman." It seeks to halt her upcoming impeachment trial in the state Senate. 

The lawsuit filed Wednesday names Gov. Jim Justice and multiple legislators as defendants. It says a Judiciary Investigation Commission previously dismissed code of judicial conduct complaints against Davis, a Democrat. 

Meanwhile, impeached Justice Margaret Workman has asked the state Supreme Court to halt her upcoming Senate trial. 

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Republican Delegates Michael Folk and Pat McGeehan say Workman and Davis are trying to obstruct the Legislature's impeachment duty.


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