Member's Press Release

Release Date: 08/25/2018
Contact: Jennifer McPherson (304) 340-3240

House Democratic Leaders

House Democratic Leaders Respond to Governor’s Political Supreme Court Appointments

Charleston, WV - “I extend congratulations to Congressman Evan Jenkins and House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead on their appointments to the West Virginia Supreme Court. I trust both will serve to the best of their abilities. However, with no disrespect to either of them, the appointments by the Governor do nothing to restore, or even begin to rebuild, public confidence in the highest court of our state. Instead, it perpetuates the belief that the Supreme Court has become the subject of a political agenda. With these obviously political appointments, Governor Justice continues his takeover of the West Virginia Supreme Court.” House Minority Leader Tim Miley (D-Harrison) stated.

“Many people at the Capitol assumed this was a foregone conclusion as the impeachment process got underway,” Delegate Mike Caputo (D-Marion) stated. “However, it is disappointing that Governor Justice has appointed career politicians to the highest court.”

“The Governor’s action today continues to erode public confidence in him, in his administration and in the judiciary,” Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-Ohio) stated. “No one is shocked by the Governor’s appointments, as Speaker Armstead’s path to the Supreme Court has been carefully orchestrated over the past few months through the impeachment process.”

“Serving as a Supreme Court Justice takes experience in legal, judicial and litigation scenarios, none of which these appointees possess.” Delegate Fluharty said. “If the Governor truly wanted to restore public confidence in our court system, he would not have made such obviously political appointments by installing individuals who have been part of the good old boy system for a long, long time,” he continued. “It appears the most corrupt Justice this entire time has been Jim.”

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