House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, today issued the following statement in response to the federal indictment of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.
"I'm saddened and disappointed to read these very serious allegations of corruption by a member of our state's highest court contained in today’s indictment," Speaker Armstead said. "I am deeply troubled by these allegations and believe my fellow West Virginians are as well.
"Under the legal process in our nation and state, Justice Loughry will be afforded due process as the case against him is prosecuted," Speaker Armstead said. "While he has been suspended from sitting on the court and is not receiving pay, I would reiterate my belief that it is in our state's best interest for Justice Loughry to resign so we can begin the long process of restoring our citizens' trust in their judicial system.
"Regardless of what course Justice Loughry may choose to take, the Legislature will continue its work to get to the bottom of what has occurred, to evaluate the evidence and assess how best to proceed to ensure that our judges and all public officials are held to the highest legal and ethical standards."