Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong on Wednesday answered a formal statement of charges filed by the West Virginia Judicial Investigation
Commission related to her past affair with North Central Community Corrections director.
Wilfong filed her response to the commission’s formal statement, taking full responsibility for her actions and denying that the relationship with Carter affected any litigants or matters presented before her as a judge.
Wilfong self-reported to the Judicial Investigation Commission on Oct. 14, 2013. Her self-report was followed later that week by reports from the judge’s law clerk, the county prosecuting attorney, and several local attorneys who practiced before the judge.
“I have let down my husband, my staff, and everyone who previously looked up to me as a judicial officer. The local attorneys who filed reports are my friends and colleagues. Their comments caused me to re-evaluate myself, my marriage, and the way that the people whom I work with perceive me," said Wilfong.
“What I did was morally wrong and it created discomfort among those who surrounded me. I wish to apologize to each of those individuals and humbly ask for their forgiveness. I thank them for their courage in publicly sharing their insight. Their guidance and direction has saved my life and my marriage.
“I apologize to the people of Randolph County and to the other judges and justices in West Virginia upon whom my immoral affair was a bad reflection. Please be assured that my improper extra judicial conduct did not ever adversely affect any decision, any litigant, or any hearing over which I presided," Wilfong said.
“On a personal note, I publicly thank and again apologize to my husband whom I love more than I can express in words. When other people would have turned and walked away, Matt stood strong, by my side, and taught me the meaning of true love. He is a blessing which I will never take for granted again."