CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Latest on convicted former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry (all times local):
Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court after the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry.
Gov. Jim Justice's office says in a news release that the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications through a Dec. 3 deadline. Interviews will be held on Dec. 11.
The commission will make recommendations to Justice, who will appoint Loughry's successor to serve until a May 2020 special election. A candidate will be elected in that race to serve the remainder of Loughry's unexpired term through 2024.
Loughry was suspended from his seat earlier this year over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain.
He still faces sentencing in federal court for his conviction last month on 11 criminal charges.
Attorneys for the federal government called a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice convicted on felony charges "vindictive and vengeful" in a response to his second motion for a new trial.
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports two prosecutors said in a response filed Friday that a judge should deny Allen Loughry's motion. Loughry resigned in November.
Loughry filed a motion Nov. 6. for a new trial and asked to be acquitted of nine of the 11 federal charges. He was convicted in October of mail and wire fraud involving his personal use of state cars and fuel cards.
Loughry's attorney said the court's lack of travel policies meant Loughry wasn't violating the law. Loughry filed an earlier motion for a new trial. That motion is under seal.