West Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of West Virginia’s Senate is mulling his options after the state Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling that halted the impeachment process of several justices.

A panel of judicial stand-ins ruled Oct. 11 in favor of Justice Margaret Workman’s challenge of her impeachment. The decision also was applied to retired Justice Robin Davis and Justice Allen Loughry, who recently resigned after being convicted of federal fraud charges.

The Senate then asked the court to revisit the ruling. The justices last week declined.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he’s considering appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court or introducing a proposed constitutional amendment clarifying that impeachment powers rest solely with the Legislature.

Workman’s attorney, Marc Williams, said he’s baffled why Carmichael has a problem with the court’s decision on a constitutional question.

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