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New WV justice to be sworn in Jan. 4

January 1, 2019 GMT

CHARLESTON — A new West Virginia Supreme Court justice will take his oath of office this week.

Current Circuit Judge John Hutchison will assume his post as a state Supreme Court justice after he is sworn in on Friday, Jan. 4.

Gov. Jim Justice appointed Hutchison last month. He will fill the next year-and-a-half of former justice Allen Loughry’s term.

Loughry resigned in November after a jury convicted him on 11 charges in federal court. A May 2020 election will decide who fills the remainder of his term, set to expire in 2024.

Justices Margaret Workman and Tim Armstead also will be up for re-election that same year.

Hutchison can seek re-election, if he chooses.

Hutchison was appointed as a judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit in 1995 by Gov. Gaston Caperton.

He went on to win election for the seat in 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2016.