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Sun Dec 15, 2019, 06:18 AM

Justice Attorneys File Residency Brief In W. Va. Supreme Court

Lawyers representing West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice filed a brief with the state Supreme Court of Appeals on Friday, regarding accusations Justice is violating a state constitutional provision by not taking up the governor’s mansion as his primary residence.

West Virginia’s constitution requires the governor and all five other elected constitutional officers — secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer and agricultural commissioner — to “reside at the seat of government during [his] terms of office.”

While the governor’s mansion is at 1716 Kanawha Boulevard East in Charleston, Justice has admitted to living almost two hours south in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County.

The brief filed Friday is the latest installment in a 18-month saga starting in June 2018, when Del. Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, first filed a complaint in Kanawha County Circuit Court requesting a writ of mandamus on the matter.

Read more: https://www.wvpublic.org/post/justice-attorneys-file-residency-brief-w-va-supreme-court

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