UPDATE: Raleigh County Magistrate suspended without pay

UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A Raleigh County Magistrate has been suspended without pay.

West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Tim Armstead issued the suspension effective March 6, 2020.

Armstead says there is probable cause to believe that Massey has engaged or is engaging in a serious violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct.

The specific cause and reason for the violations that prompted the suspension without pay have been sealed by Armstead.

Massey is prohibited from hearing any civil or criminal cases until the investigation is complete.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story.

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BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A Raleigh County magistrate is facing rule violations by the Judicial Investigation Committee.

On January 14, 2019, a complaint was filed against Stephen Massie for alleged improper involvement in a Domestic Violence Petition.

After an investigation, the JIC found that Magistrate Massie violated several codes of law. The commission finds that Massie engaged in a pattern and practice of lying, using his public office for private gain, engaging in activities that interfered with the proper judicial duties.

Massie released the following statement to WOAY:

“Magistrate Massie absolutely denies that he has done anything improper, and we are confident that after a FULL investigation and hearing on the facts that he will be exonerated of the rule violations. He can’t comment any further pending the final hearing. These matters seem politically motivated and arising out of his activities supporting Veterans and his Church ministries. He will continue to diligently and faithfully serve the people of Raleigh County while he also seeks re-election in 2020.”
-Magistrate Massie and his attorneys

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story.

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