Stuart: Update on Supreme Court investigation could come next week

CHARLESTON — A day after former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said Thursday his office is working to provide an update on its investigation into the court next week.

“We’re going to be sitting down, looking at all of the facts that we have, but we’ve got to get to the point of turning the page on this prosecution,” he said on MetroNews “Talkline.”

A jury found Loughry guilty in October on 11 counts in connection with the use of state property, including using a state vehicle for personal trips.

Loughry will self-report to prison on April 5.

Stuart said his office has dedicated almost two years into investigating the practices of the court, including the financial transactions of justices.

“I’m very pleased that we were successful. I’m pleased that we’ve now announced to West Virginia that we’re not going to tolerate public corruption any longer in West Virginia, but there’s also a human being on the other side, so it’s bittersweet,” he said.

Former Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum pleaded guilty in August to one count of wire fraud for using a state-owned vehicle for personal use. His sentencing date is scheduled for Feb. 27.

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