Temporary replacements appointed for magistrates in Lewis, Gilmer counties facing federal charges

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Temporary replacements have been named for magistrates in Lewis and Gilmer counties who are facing federal charges.

According to an administrative order, Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jacob Reger requested that West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker assign a senior status magistrate to preside in Lewis County Magistrate Court during Magistrate Roger Clem Jr.’s absence.  Walker issued an order for Senior Status Magistrate James Moody to be recalled for temporary assignment beginning May 9.  The length of his service will be until Walker determines that his assistance is no longer needed, according to court documents.

In Gilmer County, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Richard Facemire requested a senior status magistrate to preside in Gilmer County Magistrate Court during Magistrate Alton Skinner II’s absence.  Chief Justice Walker recalled Senior Status Magistrate Howard Carpenter for service between May 9 and May 19.

Walker also recalled Senior Status Magistrate Teresa Robinson for service beginning May 20, which will continue until Walker determines that her assistance is no longer needed, according to court documents.

A federal grand jury indicted Clem and Skinner on charges involving wire fraud, mail fraud and obstruction, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.  They are each currently suspended without pay.

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