Justice Loughry is denied one of his two motions for retrial

CHARLESTON — Former Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been denied one of his two motions for a retrial, although a federal judge did grant an acquittal on a witness tampering charge.

U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver submitted the 35-page order Friday.

Loughry was convicted in October on 11 federal charges. His lawyer filed one motion for a retrial that is under seal. The second motion contended prosecutors were unable to prove their case, repeating many of the arguments that took place in the trial itself.

Copenhaver’s order applies specifically to the second motion, which was fairly standard, and makes no ruling on the first motion.

Copenhaver denied the justice’s motion for a retrial on eight mail fraud and wire fraud counts. Loughry was also convicted on two false statements counts but did not ask for a retrial on those.

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