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Friday, June 08, 2018

His book on corruption was a textbook, not an expose

The Judicial Investigation Commission charged Republican state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry with 32 counts of malfeasance in office.

In 2006, Loughry wrote the book on political corruption West Virginia, "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide."

The book was used to lobby lawmakers into an experiment with taxpayer-funded campaigning. Lo and behold, it passed and Loughry was the only one to apply for the money, which he used to get elected to the state's highest court.

"West Virginia has had more than its fair share of corrupt political felons as countless state, county and city elected officials have spent time in federal and state penitentiaries. The people of the state who proudly call themselves Mountaineers have never been truly free from the depredations of political and financial corruption," Loughry wrote.

I'll say.

Once elected, this sanctimonious man kept using public money for personal items.

Kennie Bass of WCHS-TV broke the story last November. The commission found Loughry lied to Bass three times on television.

Loughry was a law clerk for Justice Spike Maynard, whose friendship with one-time Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship included a trip to the French Riviera. Afterward, Maynard was the deciding vote in reversing a $76 million judgment against Massey.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to give Caperton a second shot, this time without Maynard or Justice Brent Benjamin, whose election received a $3 million boost from Blankenship's independent For the Sake of the Kids campaign.

While Benjamin and Maynard were tied to a large donor, electing Loughry was just as terrible. As chief justice approved expensive and extravagant renovations of the Supreme Court's offices. Among the items was a $32,000 couch, $1,700 throw pillows, $7,500 for a wooden medallion for the floor, $16,734 for eight chairs, $2,560 for a coffee table, $6,409 for window cornices and blinds, et cetera. I don't thing President Trump spent as much on the Oval Office.

Loughry then took home as surplus items that these expensive items replaced. For example, he took home an antique desk that was there when the Capitol opened in 1933.

WOWK-TV has the details.

The commission recommended he be suspended without pay immediately.

I say turn the findings over to the federal prosecutors.

Our noble experiment in electing someone who did not owe his soul to private donors failed. Miserably.

Given the history of the West Virginia Supreme Court -- which was taken over by unions in the 1976 election -- I am not holding out much hope.


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  1. A Grand Jury is already empaneled and hearing testimony. - Elric

  2. Speaking of WV politicians, when will the gov't start renaming all the Byrd-named federal facilities?

  3. I think there is a 50 way tie for most corrupt state.

    1. Schlongster! -

      You bad!!! And you are right!

      But wait - isn't that "57 states?"