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Randolph Co. Judge to Appeal Punishment for Affair


The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over disciplinary action against a judge who had an inappropriate sexual affair.

Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong admitted to having a two-year affair with William Travis Carter. At the time of their liaison, Carter was director of the North Central Community Corrections program in Elkins.

The state Judicial Hearing Board recommended in August that Wilfong should be censured, suspended for three years without pay, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay court costs. She appealed the recommendations in September. On Oct. 14, she filed a brief asking for mercy. She argued that disciplinary action should be limited to a public reprimand.

In May, Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis removed Wilfong from hearing cases involving the county prosecutor’s office.