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The Latest: Ex-W.Va. justice sentenced in corruption scandal

March 06, 2019 - 11:13 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Latest on the sentencing of former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum has been sentenced to three years' probation for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a 2014 golf trip to Virginia.

Ketchum was also fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $749 in restitution Wednesday in federal court in Charleston for his guilty plea last year to a felony fraud count.

The sentencing comes at the end of a yearlong scandal involving the Supreme Court that resulted in significant changes to the state's judicial system.

Ketchum retired before the House of Delegates impeached other justices over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty.

A temporary panel of justices later ruled the impeachment efforts violated the separation-of-powers doctrine and that the Legislature lacked jurisdiction to pursue the trials.

The Supreme Court annulled Ketchum's law license in October.

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1:30 a.m.

A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice is due in court for sentencing for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a 2014 golf trip to Virginia.

Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum's sentencing is scheduled Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.

Ketchum pleaded guilty to a felony fraud count last year. His attorney is seeking probation.

The sentencing comes at the end of a yearlong scandal involving the Supreme Court that resulted in significant changes to the state's judicial system, including the court's makeup.

Ketchum retired before the House of Delegates impeached other Supreme Court justices over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty.

A temporary panel of justices later ruled the impeachment efforts violated the separation-of-powers doctrine and that the Legislature lacked jurisdiction to pursue the trials.

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