A group of judicial stand-ins Thursday blocked the upcoming impeachment trial of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, citing constitutional issues and errors in preliminary impeachment proceedings. Five acting justices on the Supreme Court ruled in a 69-page opinion the prosecution of Workman in the state Senate would violate the state constitution's separation of powers clause. The justices ruled the state Senate, acting as the court of impeachment, does not have the jurisdiction over the impeachment articles against Workman. Senate spokesman Jacque Bland says in a statement the Senate plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The temporary justices found the statute unconstitutional and unenforceable, saying the judicial appointments are regulated exclusively by the Supreme Court.
Source: Fox News October 11, 2018 21:17 UTC