Attorney Teresa Toriseva, left, presents arguments before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the West Virginia State Capital in Charleston,WV. The court dismissed petitions challenging the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins for the court and the validity of Jenkins's and former state House Speaker Tim Armstead's temporary appointments to the Supreme Court. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

After impeachments, West Virginia voters to choose justices

October 13, 2018 - 8:05 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters head to the polls next month to decide whether to allow Gov. Jim Justice's picks for the state Supreme Court to stand.

Two seats on the high court opened up when Justices Robin Davis and Menis Ketchum resigned earlier this year amid an impeachment scandal.

Justice appointed U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former GOP House Speaker Tim Armstead to serve. Voters will be able to decide on Nov. 6 whether to keep them on the court or chose two new judges from among 18 others on the ballot.

Democrats say the appointments were a power grab by Republicans to stack the court with GOP-friendly judges.

The situation is unprecedented in West Virginia history and no one knows for sure how it will end.

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