UPDATE: Conduct hearing set for ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — UPDATE 1/14/19
Convicted former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry faces a conduct hearing next month.

The West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board has scheduled the hearing for Feb. 6 in Charleston on charges that Loughry violated judicial codes of conduct.

Loughry had repeatedly denied involvement in lavish renovations of his office, including to a House of Delegates committee. But a state Judicial Investigation Commission complaint said Supreme Court records show he had a significant role in them.

Loughry was convicted in October in federal court of multiple felony counts, mostly for using state cars and fuel cards for his own use. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Loughry was removed as chief justice last February after other justices learned he kept a federal subpoena secret. He was suspended from the bench in June and resigned in November.

ORIGINAL STORY
A federal judge has issued an acquittal on one of the counts that former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted of at trial last year but denied his request for a new trial on other counts.

U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ruled Friday that there was insufficient evidence to convict Loughry of trying to influence testimony.

Loughry filed a motion Nov. 6. for a new trial and asked to be acquitted of nine of 11 federal charges. He was convicted in October of mail and wire fraud involving his personal use of state cars and fuel cards.

Loughry resigned Nov. 12. He had been suspended from his seat over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain.