UPDATE: Federal prosecutor ends W.Va. Supreme Court corruption probe

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A federal prosecutor has concluded a corruption investigation into the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In a news release on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said he's "hopeful that the period of uncertainty and taint" of the state Supreme Court has ended.

Former Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was sentenced last month to two years in federal prison for using his job for his own benefit and lying to investigators. Loughry resigned last year after his conviction.

Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum was sentenced to probation on a felony fraud count related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card. Ketchum retired in July before the state House of Delegates held impeachment hearings.

Loughry and three other justices were impeached in August, but a temporary panel of justices derailed the efforts.

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West Virginia's Supreme Court has a new interim administrative director.

He is Joseph Armstrong, who has been with the court's administrative office since May as director of Division of Human Resources. A news release from the court said Armstrong worked closely with former Interim Administrative Director Barbara Allen before she retired Nov. 30.

The release said Armstrong has nearly 30 years' experience in administration and human resources management.

Armstrong said in the release he would do everything possible to help move the court ahead after last year's struggles.

Questions about lavish office renovations and other alleged misdeeds led to separate impeachment and criminal investigations. Three of the five justices resigned. Two were convicted in federal court. Two new justices were elected in November and a third was appointed.

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