By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia Supreme Court justice plans to appeal after a judge ruled that he was ineligible to use public campaign financing money for his reelection bid.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1nwtCVk ) Justice Brent Benjamin’s attorney filed a motion Tuesday, asking that the judge put his ruling on hold while the decision is appealed to the Supreme Court.

The State Election Commission decided in January to certify Benjamin for public campaign financing.

However, Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman reversed the decision after he found that Benjamin’s campaign missed deadlines for filing the application for certification and a report of exploratory campaign contributions.

Benjamin’s attorney Jonathan Marshall says it’ll be up to individual justices to decide whether or not they recuse themselves from hearing the case involving their colleague.



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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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