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Temporary Panel to Hear W.Va. Justice's Appeal


A panel of judges has been appointed to hear an appeal from a state Supreme Court justice in a campaign financing case.

The panel was announced Wednesday after all the Supreme Court justices recused themselves from hearing the appeal of Justice Brent Benjamin.

The state Election Commission decided in January to certify Benjamin for public campaign financing. A Kanawha County judge overturned the decision, ruling that Benjamin’s campaign missed filing and campaign contribution reporting deadlines.

The Supreme Court says appointed to hear the case are senior status judges Thomas Keadle and James Holliday and circuit judges John Hatcher, James Mazzone and Thomas Evans.

The appeal will be heard on March 23 at 10 a.m. and will be carried live on the West Virginia Channel and steamed live on WVPB’s YouTube Channel.