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Allen Loughry
Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
In office
January 1, 2017 – February 16, 2018
Preceded byMenis Ketchum
Succeeded byMargaret Workman
Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
In office
January 1, 2013 – November 12, 2018
Suspended: June 8, 2018 – November 12, 2018
Preceded byThomas McHugh
Succeeded byPaul Farrell (Acting, by designation)
Personal details
Allen Hayes Loughry, II[1]

(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 49)
Elkins, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[2]
EducationWest Virginia University,
Capital University (JD)
American University (LLM, SJD)
University of London (LLM)

Allen Hayes Loughry, II (born August 9, 1970) is a former justice on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Loughry was arrested by the FBI in 2018 after being indicted by a grand jury. In October 2018, he was convicted on 11 federal offenses, specifically wire fraud, making false statements to federal investigators, witness tampering and mail fraud.[3][4] The following month, after facing impeachment, Loughry resigned from office.[5][6]

Early life and education

Loughry was born in 1970 and grew up in Parsons in Tucker County, West Virginia.[7][8] He graduated from Tucker County High School in 1988 and went on to earn an undergraduate degree from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University (1992).[9]

Loughry earned a J.D. degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio; an LL.M. in Law and Government and an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) from American University's Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of London.[10][11]


Loughry was an assistant to U.S. Representative Harley O. Staggers, Jr. and Governor Gaston Caperton before joining the West Virginia Attorney General's Office as a senior assistant attorney general in 1997.[11] In 2003, he left the attorney general's office to become a law clerk at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.[11] He also taught political science classes at the University of Charleston.[11]

In 2006, Loughry published Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia, a review of the history of political corruption in the state.[11][12] The forewords to the book were written by Senators Robert Byrd and John McCain.[11]

Election to state Supreme Court and election as chief justice

In 2012, Loughry ran as a Republican for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court and won a 12-year term. He assumed office on January 1, 2013, succeeding Thomas McHugh, who retired from the bench.

One of Loughry’s campaign ads was shown on Last Week Tonight as part of their segment on elected judges. In the ad Loughry say his last name was a combination of law and free and then said his son’s first name was Justice, as in justice law free, which led host John Oliver to parody Loughry after he showed the clip saying “Yep. I call my son Justice, I call my dog preamble, and I call my penis the gavel! Vote for me!” A few years latter Oliver would show the ad and talk about Loughry again in his segment about S.L.A.P.P suits. This was because the show had been sued by Bob Murray after doing a separate segment about the coal industry that heavily criticized Murray. When a Judge denied the case, he appealed and the case went to the West Virginia Supreme Court and Loughry was one of the judges who would hear the case, though he never would actually hear the case as he was impeached right after Murray appealed. Oliver jokes during the segment “As far as things to say about a judge before he makes a ruling on your case goes, claiming that he calls his penis the gavel is maybe not the best choice!”[11]

In April 2017, Loughry was selected to serve as Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court for a four-year term. It was the first time a chief justice would serve four consecutive years since 1888. Previously, the chief justice had been elected by the Supreme Court to serve a one-year term, with a few justices serving two years in a row, but the court "voted to change its rules to provide for the chief justice to serve a four-year term and to allow the chief justice to be re-elected to subsequent four-year terms by a majority vote of the members of the court."[13]


Federal prosecution and conviction

In late 2017, reports came to light of high spending by Loughry and Justice Robin Davis totaling well more than a million dollars,[14] and at an emergency meeting, he was replaced as Chief Justice by Justice Margaret Workman.[15]

On June 20, 2018, he was arrested at his home by the FBI, and later in the day Michael B. Stuart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, announced that a grand jury had indicted Loughry on 22 counts, including 16 counts of frauds and swindles, two counts of wire fraud, one count of witness tampering, and three counts of lying to federal investigators.[16]

Loughry’s federal criminal trial began on October 2. The trial concluded ten days later with Loughry being convicted of seven counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one count of witness tampering and two counts of lying to the FBI. The jury found Loughry not guilty on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud. They also deadlocked on one count of wire fraud after United States District Judge John Copenhaver refused to issue an Allen charge to the jury concerning this count. Loughry was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on February 13, 2019 and is currently an inmate of FCI Williamsburg in South Carolina. [17]

Suspension from office, impeachment proceedings, and resignation

On June 6, 2018, the state Judicial Ethics Committee charged Loughry with 32 counts of violation of the code of judicial ethics.[18] The Supreme Court, reconstituted with four circuit judges and a retired circuit judge, appointed for that purpose, suspended him without pay until further notice.[19]

On June 26, 2018, Governor Jim Justice called the West Virginia Legislature into special session to consider Loughry's impeachment.[20]

Following a series of controversies involving excessive spending, the House of Delegates, on the recommendation of the House Judiciary Committee, voted to impeach Loughry and justices Davis, Workman and Beth Walker on August 13, 2018 "for maladministration, corruption, incompetency, neglect of duty, and certain high crimes and misdemeanors". The fifth Supreme Court Judge, Menis Ketchum, had already pled guilty to wire fraud and resigned.[21] On November 9, 2018, Governor Jim Justice called the West Virginia Legislature into another special session to correct the procedural errors of the prior impeachment proceedings.[22]

On November 12, 2018—one day before the state legislature was to convene in special session to consider whether Loughry should be Impeached and removed from office—Loughry resigned.[5][6]

Awards and honors

In 2013, the American University Washington College of Law awarded Loughry its Distinguished Alumnus Award.[23] In 2014, the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce awarded Loughry its Tuckineer Award, given to individuals for their civic commitment and service to Tucker County.[24]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "WV SOS - Elections - Election Results - Online Data Services". 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ Lacie Pierson, WV Supreme Court Justice Loughry guilty on 11 of 22 federal charges, Charleston Gazette-Mail (October 12, 2018).
  4. ^ Steven Allen Adams, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry Asks Judge To Grant Him a New Trial, Wheeling News-Register (October 31, 2018).
  5. ^ a b "The Latest: W.Va. lawmakers won't meet after justice resigns". Associated Press. November 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Allen Adams, Steven (November 12, 2018). "Facing Possible Impeachment, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Resigns". Governing.
  7. ^ "Allen Loughry: Court must resist the influence of politics". Opinions. The Herald-Dispatch. October 7, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  8. ^ Loughry said 'positive campaign' made the difference in race | News Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ Phil Kabler, "State Beat: Officers have fast and slow starts", ""
  10. ^ Justice Allen H. Loughry II, West Virginia Judiciary (as appeared November 13, 2018).
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Allen Loughry, West Virginia Encyclopedia (last revised November 12, 2018).
  12. ^ Candidates Corner: Allen Loughry, The Register Herald (October 2012).
  13. ^ Dickerson, Chris (2017-04-06). "State Supreme Court selects Loughry to four-year term as Chief Justice". West Virginia Record. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  14. ^ Bass, Kennie. "Waste Watch Investigation: WV Supreme Court spending examined | WCHS". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  15. ^ McElhinny, Brad (2018-02-16). "Loughry is out as chief justice, referencing federal investigation". WV MetroNews. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  16. ^ "WV Supreme Court Justice Loughry indicted on fraud, other charges | Cops & Courts". 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  17. ^ "Former Supreme Court Justice Loughry Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison". Charleston Gazette-Mail. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Loughry charged with 32 counts of violating Code of Judicial Conduct | West Virginia Record". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  19. ^
  20. ^ McElhinny, Brad (2018-06-25). "Special session starts Tuesday to deal with Supreme Court impeachment". WV MetroNews. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  21. ^ McElhinny, Brad (2018-08-07). "Delegates vote to impeach all four remaining WV Supreme Court justices". WV MetroNews. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  22. ^ Antolini, Butch (2018-11-09). "Gov. Justice issues proclamation calling for special session of Legislature on Tuesday, November 13, 2018". Office of the Governor. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  23. ^ Press Release, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award at American University Washington College of Law, American University Washington College of Law (September 23, 2013).
  24. ^ Beth Christian Broschart, Tuckineer Selected, The Inter-Mountain (May 16, 2014).


  • Loughry, Allen. Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing Company, 2006.
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Preceded by
Thomas McHugh
Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Paul Farrell
Preceded by
Menis Ketchum
Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Margaret Workman
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