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Judicial Hearing Board Recommends Several Dispositions For Judge Jaymie Wilfong

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The West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board has unanimously recommended several dispositions for Randolph County Judge Jaymie Wilfong.

The 42-page brief was released Friday.

In it, the board recommends that Wilfong be censured; suspended for a total period of three years without pay; fined a total of $20,000.

Earlier this week, the Judicial Investigation Commission's special judicial disciplinary counsel recommended a four-year suspension and censure for Wilfong. In response, Wilfong's lawyers proposed a reprimand.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the judge shall have 30 days after the date of the report to file written consent or objection with the clerk of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

"Judge Wilfong respects the work that the hearing panel did," said David A. Sims, Wilfong's attorney. "She respects that she was not found guilty on all of the charges that were levied against her. Since she admitted to two violations of the judicial canons, she expected to be punished. The decision of the hearing panel is merely a recommendation as to the judge's fate. The supreme court may see the case differently than the hearing panel saw it."

Wilfong took the stand before the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission on Aug. 11 to explain her extra-marital affair with Travis Carter, director of the North Central Community Corrections Program. Carter later resigned.

Wilfong was accused of violating four canons of the code of conduct including upholding the integrity and independence of the judiciary, avoiding impropriety and the appearance of impropriety, performing duties of the judicial office impartially and diligently and conducting extra-judicial activities as to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial obligations.

Two senior status judges are currently handling the case load in Randolph County.

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