Judicial Hearing Board makes recommendation in Wilfong case

The Judicial Hearing Board made stringent recommendations to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in a case involving a Randolph County Circuit Court judge.

The board voted 8-0 – with 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats disqualifying himself – to censure, suspend and fine Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct in connection to her admitted affair with the then-executive director of the North Central Community Corrections program, Travis Carter.

“In summary, the Board recommends that Respondent be censured; suspended for a total period of three years without pay; fined a total of $20,000; and ordered to pay the costs of the proceeding for eleven (11) violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct arising from the allegations in Count I and Count II of the Statement of Charges which have been admitted by Respondent and/or determined by the Board to have been established by clear and convincing evidence,” the recommendation states.