The West Virginia State Supreme Court seems to be embroiled in a scandal with one Justice suspended while facing federal indictments, and now another Justice is resigning.
This information has West Virginians wondering what’s next for the Mountain State.
Justice Menis Ketchum has submitted his letter of retirement to Governor Jim Justice after serving the Mountain State for the last decade. Ketchum too has been named in controversy after a state auditor’s report alleged that he had used state vehicles for personal reasons, which cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.
All of the controversies have some lawmakers fired up and demanding that people be held accountable.
“We have no trust in our judiciary, no trust in our legislative branch, and no trust in the executive branch. As a whole, our government is not working properly. The governor refuses to show up for work, doesn’t abide by the constitution and if any West Virginian who is watching right now would do that, they’d lose their job, yet in West Virginia, if you misuse money and you don’t show up for work, you can become a Supreme Court Justice, or the governor of the state and that’s just not the way things should work around here,” said Delegate Shawn Fluharty, Democrat for the third district.
Fluharty said while elected officials in West Virginia are allegedly spending money on lavish furniture for their offices, hard-working people across the Mountain State are struggling to put food on their table.
He urges West Virginians to stay vigilant.