Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) made a trip to Raleigh County on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 for a special announcement. The Governor appointed a new judge to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
During a ceremony held at 2 p.m. in Courtroom Two, Circuit Judge John Hutchison was designated to fill the seat left vacant by former Chief Justice Allen Loughry. Loughry was convicted of 11 charges in October 2018, including wire fraud.
“I have known John Hutchison my entire life. He has been a Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge for 23 years and is one of the most conservative, respected jurists in the state of West Virginia,” said Gov. Justice. “He has served on the state’s mass litigation panel since 1997. I spoke with some judges prior to making this appointment and they encouraged me to appoint a circuit judge to this position.”
Hutchison has served on the 10th Judicial Circuit Court since 1995.