The first West Virginia Supreme Court justice to go on trial in an impeachment scandal is looking forward to explaining her actions since taking office.
Justice Beth Walker’s trial is set to start Monday in the state Senate.
Four justices were impeached by the House of Delegates in August. The cases targeted spending, including renovations to the justices’ offices, and also raised questions about corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty.
Walker has said she takes “full responsibility” for her actions and plans to go over them with the Senate.
Some Democrats have criticized the impeachment moves as a power grab by majority Republican lawmakers, strategically timed to allow GOP Gov. Jim Justice to name their temporary replacements.
Justice Margaret Workman, retired Justice Robin Davis and suspended Justice Allen Loughry face trial in the Senate later this fall.
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