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West Virginia governor renews call for justice’s resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s governor has renewed his call for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to resign.

Responding to a question about Loughry at a news conference Monday, Gov. Jim Justice said “it just seems to me like the right thing is resignation and go on down the road.”

Loughry was convicted of 11 counts at a criminal trial in federal court Oct. 12.

The day before, a panel of temporary Supreme Court justices ruled that articles of impeachment filed against Justice Margaret Workman violated the separation of powers doctrine and that the Senate didn’t have jurisdiction. The Senate met anyway to decide its next steps. It postponed Workman’s trial after the presiding judge didn’t show up.

Lawyers for Loughry and retired Justice Robin Davis also asked that their separate impeachment trials be blocked.

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