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The Latest: Jury done for day in W.Va. justice’s trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the federal criminal trial of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

A federal jury has gone home for the day after starting deliberations in the criminal trial of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice.

The jury is expected to return to U.S. District Court in Charleston on Thursday morning to resume deliberations in the trial of Justice Allen Loughry.

Loughry is accused of driving state cars and buying gasoline with a state-owned credit card for his own benefit. Most of the 22 counts are for wire fraud. The others include mail fraud, making false statements and witness tampering.

The state House of Delegates impeached Loughry and three other justices in August over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. He faces a state Senate trial in November.

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3:45 p.m.

Federal jurors have been handed the criminal case of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice after both sides delivered closing arguments at his trial.

Justice Allen Loughry is charged in U.S. District Court in Charleston with wire and mail fraud, making false statements and witness tampering. Most of the 22 counts involve allegations he used a state vehicle and gas card for personal use.

Loughry’s attorney, John Carr, told jurors Wednesday that federal prosecutors didn’t prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Earlier Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McVey said Loughry stole from the state. McVey says Loughry was selected to be a public servant but “instead he wanted to become its master.”

Loughry and three other justices were impeached by the state House of Delegates over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. Loughry’s impeachment trial is set for next month in the state Senate.

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1:50 p.m.:

The federal government has given its closing arguments in the criminal trial of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice.

Among the charges against Justice Allen Loughry are using a state vehicle and gas card for personal use.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McVey told jurors Wednesday that Loughry stole from the state. McVey says Loughry was selected to be a public servant but “instead he wanted to become its master.”

The jury is expected to begin deliberating Wednesday.

Loughry and three other justices were impeached by the state House of Delegates over questions involving lavish office renovations that evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. Loughry’s impeachment trial is set for next month in the state Senate.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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