CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has joined the House of Delegates in seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of a state ruling that halted impeachment proceedings involving the state Supreme Court.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition on the Senate’s behalf Monday asking for examination of an October ruling by a temporary panel of state Supreme Court justices.
Several permanent justices were impeached in August over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. The temporary panel ruled the impeachments violated the separation-of-powers doctrine and that the Legislature lacked jurisdiction to pursue trials.
The Senate petition argues the panel inappropriately expanded the state judiciary’s authority in violation of the Legislature’s primary role over impeachment.
The House requested a similar review in January.